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Beware!: See how Carjackers are using this new Apple product to steal vehicles

The $29 Apple AirTag is designed to help users keep track of their goods, while police warn they may also be a handy tool for car thieves.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

The $29 Apple AirTag is designed to help users keep track of their goods, while police warn they may also be a handy tool for car thieves.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

This lost item-finding tech is as well being used for more wicked and criminal purposes.

The $29 AirTag gadget that Apple released in April to assist users keep track of belongings are being adapted for use in a different purpose by crooks to steal cars, as stated by a police report out of Ontario, Canada.

Investigators with the York Regional Police Auto and Cargo Theft Unit in Aurora are cautioning area residents that they’ve

“identified a new method being used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles”

beyond the region, the department warned in a Thursday blog post.

Officers reported they’ve considered five incidents since September in which suspects used the modest tracking technology to perpetrate grand theft auto.

The suspects set about the crime by placing the easily-missed tracking gadget on the opulence rides in

“out-of-sight areas”

during which they’re parked in

“public places like malls or parking lots.”

Afterwards, as soon as the cars have been unaware of any danger or threat driven home, the thieves track the vehicles to the victim’s abode.

Thieves can use the Apple AirTags to track the car back to owners’ driveways, and steal from the victims’ homes.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

York Region Police has investigated five incidents of car theft involving AirTags since September.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

Criminals are able to hack the vehicle’s ignition with an electronic gadget

“typically used by mechanics to reprogram the factory setting”

before driving off from the victim’s driveway in their own car.

After tracking the car back to the owner’s residence, hacking thieves then reprogram the ignition with a specialized device often used by mechanics.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

As a inhibitory course of action, law enforcement advises car owners to park

“in a locked garage,”

if they have one, as most vehicles thus far have been stolen directly from victims’ driveways. putting in place locks on the steering wheel and data port are as well suggested, as is positioning a video surveillance system, cops write.

York Region Police added that they’ve seen more than 2,000 car thefts during the past 12 months.

Apple AirTags are meant to be used by car owners to help keep track of their vehicle.
Courtesy of York Regional Police

meantime, AirTags stateside have been used for the backwards reason: to search determinedly stolen vehicles. In August, Brooklyn cyber-security CEO Dan Guido detailed his epic movement to a new location of a stolen scooter on Twitter. Thanks to two AirTags Guido had concealed on the vehicle with black duct tape, he was able to locate it a short time after it was stolen.

Apple declared untrue The Post’s request for remark

APPLE,    CANADA,    CARS     THEFT   12/7/21

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