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Criminals in Montreal use AirTags to steal vehicles

Julie Clover

Thieves in Montreal, Canada are using Apple's AirTags to make it easier to steal vehicles, according to a report by Vermont news sites WCAX and NBC5 (via 9to5Mac). Police in Burlington, Vermont, warned drivers who recently visited Canada about using AirTags.


Two Burlington residents found Apple AirTags in their cars after returning from a trip to Montreal, and these are not the first reports officers have encountered. One man, Ethan Young, said he came from Montreal after visiting family and was warned that the AirTag was traveling with him. He was able to use his phone to create an ‌AirTag‌ beeped and he was able to detect the device, which was placed in the front grille of the vehicle.

Ryan McLiverty, a cyber analyst with the Vermont Intelligence Center, said that while these incidents have occurred, there has been a new uptick in activity for some time. Criminals in Montreal use AirTags to track cars, steal them and then sell them abroad. There is also the possibility that AirTags are being used to tag vehicles as part of efforts to smuggle drugs across the border.

Travelers who are concerned about being tracked using ‌AirTag‌ You should be aware that there are built-in security features. ‌AirTag‌ will send an alert if it is out of range from the owner, and this alert will be displayed on the iPhone. Android phones are also capable of detecting unknown Bluetooth trackers, including AirTags, and Apple has an app called Tracker Detect that scans for them.

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