AirTags users: heed this friendly warning that could save you from getting hurt
Using Apple AirTags to track down a stolen item can be dangerous
The 41-year-old Herbert called the cops and using his iPhone and the Find My app, he rode along with them trying to track down his stolen property. For some reason, the AirTag failed to lead the men to the purloined scooter. That same day, Stephen decided to rent another scooter and went searching by himself for his Honda Metropolitan. This time, he found it with its license plates removed in front of a deli.
Let the victim explain what happened next. “Next thing I know, I’m on the ground. They might’ve both been hitting me and kicking me,” Herbert said. “I was just hoping they’d stop at that point, get up and leave, take my motorcycle. And they did. Stealer’s keepers.” The bottom line? Herbert ended up with a fractured nose that will require multiple surgeries to fix. Oh yeah, he didn’t get the scooter back either. While the cops search for the men involved, no longer does Herbert feel safe. “I definitely walked around the neighborhood with an aura of comfort, and now I don’t,” he said.
If you are the forgetful type, AirTags can help you find your key ring and other misplaced items
If you have an item that you’ve put an AirTag on get stolen, let this be a warning. Don’t start tracking the item on your own, going off half-cocked without getting the police involved. Even Stephen knows that what he did when he went out alone could easily have resulted in his death. He said, “I think a lot about, if he had a gun I could be dead. I think about how dumb I was to confront somebody and maybe had my life ruined in a lot more serious way.”
The kind of person who would steal your personal property isn’t the type to return it to you just because you show up, say “Aha,” and ask for it to be returned. Consider this a friendly warning since we care about all of our readers and the last thing we want is to see you hurt.