AirTags let you find your keys and… help criminals steal your car

When Apple launched its AirTags in June, I got rather excited — finally, I could connect my iPhone with a device to track my keys and wallet. As someone who constantly looses their stuff (yes, I know, shame on me), I was easily sold.

But did I ever stop to think whether someone could use an AirTag to steal my car? Nope, but apparently that’s a thing now.

Last week, the Canadian police announced that criminals have been using a new method to track and steal high-end vehicles: yep, AirTags.

In fact, in the last three months, officers have identified five such incidents across the York Region in Ontario.

“The Big Job”

According to the police investigation, the car thieves are using a five-step “Grand Theft Auto” plan.

Step 1: They place the AirTags in out-of-sight areas of the target vehicle while it’s parked in public places, such as malls and parking lots.

For example, they can be placed in this inconspicuous power socket.