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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 24: An Apple logo is reflected on glass at the Apple Store at Orchard Road on September 24, 2021 in Singapore. Apple announced September 14 the release of four variants of its latest iPhone 13, alongside other upgrades to its product lineup.

A device used to help people keep track of their stuff is now possibly being used for different purposes. A Florida woman found this tracking device hidden in her car.

We’re guilty of misplacing and sometimes even losing our stuff. Apple AirTags were designed as “a supereasy way to keep track of your stuff.” Put an AirTag on your keys, you’ll always find them. Slap one on your bag and you’ll never lose it. Sounds great, right?

You know where this is going.

A Palm Beach Gardens woman named Alexis recently found an AirTag hidden in the back of her SUV. How did she find it? Her babysitter got a warning about the AirTag on her Apple “Find My” app. “We couldn’t find it anywhere inside the house, and we realized we were inside my vehicle together, so we went into the vehicle, played the sound, and we could hear faint beeping,” said Alexis. The AirTag was secured with velcro under a back panel in her SUV. “I immediately had all the bad things in my head,” said Alexis. She believes that the AirTag might have been placed in her vehicle while it was unlocked.

There have been posts on TikTok and Reddit about people finding this tracking device on their vehicles and personal items. A New York police department made it’s citizens aware of AirTags being discovered in vehicles:

Apple is aware of this when it comes to their customer’s safety and released a statement:

AirTag is designed with a set of proactive features to discourage unwanted tracking — a first in the industry — that both inform users if an unknown AirTag might be with them, and deter bad actors from using an AirTag for nefarious purposes,” an Apple spokesman said in a written statement.

Apple has also released an Android app called “Tracker Detect.” This allows Android phone users to scan for nearby AirTags.

[SOURCE ABC Action News]

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