Cops in this city distribute Apple Air Tags for free to prevent car theft

  • Apple Air Tags may help locate stolen vehicles and can be a more affordable alternative to pricey GPS devices.
Apple
File photo of an Apple Air Tag.
Apple
File photo of an Apple Air Tag.

In the face of rising number of car theft incidents in Washington DC, cops here admit that it may not be possible to check and prevent every crime and so, has decided to distribute Apple Air Tag devices to owners in certain localities. The question then is if an Apple Air Tag can indeed help locate a stolen vehicle?

Apple Air Tag is tracking device that makes use of Bluetooth technology to help owners locate small personal devices like keys and bags. Although not marketed as a car-locating device, the $30 device may help pin point the location of a stolen vehicle if it was placed in the said vehicle before it was nicked. The advantage over conventional car and auto-tracking devices is that it is relatively more affordable and that it is easier to conceal in the said vehicle.

Also check these Cars

Find more Cars
Kia Carnival 2023 (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Engine Icon2199.0 cc FuelType IconDiesel
₹ 35 - 39 Lakhs
View Details
Kia Sportage (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Engine Icon1999.0 cc FuelType IconDiesel
₹ 25 Lakhs
View Details
Kia Sorento (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
Engine Icon3298.0 cc FuelType IconPetrol
₹ 25 - 30 Lakhs
View Details
Kia Ev9 (HT Auto photo)
UPCOMING
BatteryCapacity Icon99.8 kWh Range Icon450 km
₹90 Lakhs - 1.20 Cr
View Details
Kia Ev6 (HT Auto photo)
BatteryCapacity Icon77.4 kWh Range Icon708 km
₹ 59.95 - 64.95 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers
Kia Sonet (HT Auto photo)
Engine Icon1493.0 cc FuelType IconMultiple
₹ 7.99 - 15.69 Lakhs
Compare
View Offers

Cops in Washington DC are apparently confident of the Apple devices' utility in helping them locate stolen vehicles and potentially act as a deterrent mechanism. It is reported that car owners in certain localities have been invited to collect their Apple Air Tags for free. Each person will have to show a residence proof and proof of vehicle ownership, and will obviously have to place the device in his or her vehicle. The person must be residing in a locality that has been identified by the police department as one that is specifically targeted by car robbers.

Also Read : LAPD cop cars get next-gen HD cams to record crime-fighting episodes

Washington DC isn't the first American city to have distributed free Air Tags to prevent instances of car theft. In April of this year, around 500 such devices were provided to car owners in New York City by Mayor Eric Adams.

Instances of car theft is on the rise in not just the two main cities of US' north-eastern seaboard but in many other parts of the country as well. Hyundai and Kia vehicles without engine immobilizers have been specifically targeted, prompting cops to urge owners to make use of steering wheel locks. Several car manufacturers are now rolling out updated software features to provide enhanced security.

First Published Date: 03 Nov 2023, 10:23 AM IST
NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS

Please provide your details to get Personalized Offers on

Choose city
+91 | Choose city
Choose city

Want to get the best price for your existing car?

Powered by: Spinny Logo
By clicking "View Offers" you Agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy
Dear Name

Please verify your mobile number.

+91 | Choose city
Couldn't verify the OTP.
It's either expired or it's incorrect.