Apple’s AirTag item tracker has become a great way for people to find the keys they’ve lost on the back of the couch, but it can also be used for more nefarious purposes. Now an AirTag has been found under the hood of a marked NYPD car.
The vehicle and the attached AirTag were discovered in Queens, New York, but no one knows why it was there or who placed it. The AirTag was found in a plastic bag under the hood, according to reports.
It is believed that the AirTag was used to track the vehicle’s whereabouts, but again, the reasons are unclear at this time.
Unwanted AirTag tracking
Fox News reports that NYPD housing chief Martine Materasso took the opportunity to remind police officers to check their vehicles before and after their shirts to make sure trackers like AirTags haven’t been planted.
AirTags have previously been used to track cars ahead of thefts, while reports of the trackers being used to stalk women are all too common. Apple has changes already made to the way AirTags and the Find My network work to ensure that unwanted tracking is not as common, but cases like this continue to arise.
“AirTag is designed to help people find their personal belongings, not to track people or another person’s property, and we strongly condemn any malicious use of our products,” Apple previously said (opens in new tab) when we discuss the issue of AirTags and privacy.
Apple’s AirTag is one of them best bluetooth trackers you can buy, but unfortunately that also makes it most likely to be used by people who are not well off as well as by people looking for their lost wallet.