AirTags are being blamed for luxury car thefts, but it’s not a problem unique to Apple

By Chance Miller

After years of rumors, AirTags were officially released earlier this year with a robust set of Find My features as well as safety precautions.

According to the department, officers have investigated five incidents involving AirTags being used to steal luxury cars.

The AirTags are reportedly placed in “out-of-sight areas of the target vehicles when they are parked in public places.”

The thieves then track the targeted vehicles to the victim’s residence, where they are stolen from the driveway. From there, this is how the situation unfolds:

Thieves typically use tools like screwdrivers to enter the vehicles through the driver or passenger door, while ensuring not to set off alarms. Once inside, an electronic device, typically used by mechanics to reprogram the factory setting, is connected to the onboard diagnostics port below the dashboard and programs the vehicle to accept a key the thieves have brought with them. Once the new key is programmed, the vehicle will start and the thieves drive it away.

Police are advising car owners to “inspect your vehicle regularly and call police if you notice any suspicious potential tracking devices.”