AirTags are increasingly helping car thieves

More and more thieves are using an Apple AirTag to try to steal cars. The most recent story concerns John Nelson, a resident of the state of Michigan. He says he was in the sights of thieves who wanted to steal his 2018 Dodge Charger.

AirTags are increasingly helping car thieves

John, who recently purchased his Dodge Charger, received an alert from Apple informing him that he was being tracked by an AirTag on his way to the Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills. The person following the car unscrewed a drain plug under the trunk of their car and slipped the AirTag inside.

“When I got out, I got a notification on my phone, and it said I was being tracked by an unknown AirTag”John told FOX 2. “I was able to open this notification and it gave me an option for the AirTag to play a sound, and I heard it under my vehicle”.

Apple recently offered an Android application (which is called Tracker Detect) to allow users to track AirTags. For iPhone users, Apple will notify you if an unknown AirTag follows you, no need to download an app from the App Store.

John’s story is far from unique. A group that works on auto theft tells FOX 2 that there are more and more cases of this kind in the Detroit area. Thieves follow the target vehicle and choose the best time to steal it. This particularly concerns Dodge Chargers which are parked in a parking lot.

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