Police: Criminals Are Using New Apple Device To Stalk Victims, Follow Them Home
Maybe the Amish were right all along.
Across the nation, Apple AirTags are reportedly being used by stalkers.
The tech company’s product — which retails starting at $29 — is a “supereasy way to keep track of your stuff,” according to Apple’s website. “Attach one to your keys, slip another in your backpack. And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also track down your Apple devices and keep up with friends and family.”
AirTags can connect with Apple devices ranging from iPhones to iPads and Macs. Beyond recovering lost goods, AirTags have been used to track cars, boats, backpacks, and other items that criminals may steal. However, some have used the technology to track other people, as NBC News reported:
Police in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan and Texas have reported the misuse of AirTags, including for domestic stalking and trying to steal cars. The sheriff’s office in Twin Falls, Idaho, warned residents this month that AirTags pose a danger, especially to potential victims of domestic violence. And one reported attempt at unwanted tracking described on TikTok has received more than 27 million views.
AirTags have a legitimate use that consumers may well embrace, but their misuse means they also fit in with an expanding market for surveillance technology as people buy other cloud-connected devices such as cameras to keep tabs on one another and to commit or deter crimes.
“People who are engaging in unhealthy or abusive behavior suddenly became aware of a sophisticated, inexpensive and enormously effective tool,” California lawyer Adam Dodge told NBC News.