DEARBORN, Mich. – Dearborn Police says criminals attach a small Apple tracker to people’s vehicles in order to monitor them for harassment or car theft.
Officials said Apple AirTags — quarter-sized GPS tracking devices designed to help people locate their wallets, car keys and other personal items — are being used to illegally track people and vehicles.
Dearborn Police Sgt. James Isaacs said AirTags have been found behind license plates, between and under car seats and inside personal items, such as handbags.
Criminals use AirTags to track vehicles and individuals as potential targets for theft, robbery and harassment, authorities say.
Police said Dodge Chargers are often targeted for such tracking.
In Michigan, it is illegal for a citizen to track anyone with a GPS device without their knowledge, officials said.
Apple AirTags connect to a Bluetooth signal on iPhones, so anyone with an iPhone should get an alert if they’re being tracked. Android users must download the Apple Tracker Detect app and manually scan the surrounding area to receive the notification, authorities said.
If you are alerted that an AirTag is nearby or you think someone might be tracking you, call 911 and be prepared to provide the serial number in the phone alert, officials said.
Anyone with information about this type of activity in Dearborn is asked to call the police department’s anonymous hotline at 313-943-3030.
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