According to local police, Apple AirTags, which allow Apple owners to track their belongings, are increasingly being used to target car thefts in Canada.
In a press release from the York Regional Police, investigators have identified a new method used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles using AirTag. More precisely, conventional methods are used when stealing, but AirTag allows you to accurately track a premium car until the moment it remains unattended on the street and is easy to steal.
Since September 2021, police officers in the York region alone have investigated five incidents in which suspects used Apple AirTags to steal expensive vehicles. Thieves target any high-value vehicles they find in public areas and parking lots by placing the AirTag so that the owner of the vehicle will not find the gadget. To do this, use the inside of the bumper or the place behind the fuel tank / charging flap.
We started to notice a new trend in the car theft industry. It is these devices that use GPS and Bluetooth technologies for marking. Attackers use them to install them on various cars that they want to steal. Using the iPhone, they can always determine where the car is. They can almost wait and steal later at night.
Detective Jeff McKercher
Most sought after by hijackers in suburban Toronto today are Lexus, Toyota and Honda crossovers, as well as Ford F-Series pickups.