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Apple AirTags, meant to help you track your stuff, have become tools of stalkers and criminals

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Apple AirTag should help people track their belongings, but police say small devices are using it to commit crimes.

Investigators told Fox News that Apple products are increasingly being used for stalking.

That was the case in Indianapolis. Just this month, Indianapolis police say 26-year-old Geyrin Morris used the device to track her boyfriend, who says she’s fooling her.

Apple AirTag should help people track their belongings.
(Washington Post via Melina Mara / Getty Images)

Morris hid the device in the car and then took him to a local bar. When she found 26-year-old Andre Smith there with another woman, police say she ran him more than three times in her car and killed him.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police say this is an example of a growing and dangerous trend.

“I think we’re hearing more and more about how these devices are being used for evil rather than good invented. So, as we move forward, we’re a little more cautious about these things. I think it needs to be intriguing. “IMPD police chief Chris Bailey says.

Above is the Apple Store in Barcelona.  Apple released the AirTag device in 2021.

Above is the Apple Store in Barcelona. Apple released the AirTag device in 2021.
(Reuters)

In a statement, Apple partially states, “… we condemn the malicious use of our products in the strongest possible language …”.

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Currently, tracking someone with AirTag is not illegal in all 50 states. However, there are electronic tracking methods in 23 states and Washington, DC. Bills have been drafted in the other three states. Ohio lawmakers are working to pass a new bipartisan bill inspired by the murder of Akron’s mother.

The 42-year-old Heidi Moon was shot and killed in her own driveway by her ex-boyfriend. Moon’s family told Fox News that they used Apple AirTag to follow her home.

“He was stuffing the seat cushions of her car. He actually shot her with her own weapon. He was a convicted serious offender and of any kind on his own. I couldn’t even get a weapon, “says Moon. Her husband Paul Presta.

AirTags connects to your iPhone or other device to track your items. Currently, it's not illegal to track someone with AirTag.

AirTags connects to your iPhone or other device to track your items. Currently, it’s not illegal to track someone with AirTag.
(AP photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The bill may be passed later this year. Heidi’s family hopes to stop the tragedy of the future, although the victims cannot be recovered.

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“If she’s not here anymore, a lot of things will be missed. I hate this happening to someone else,” Presta says.

Apple has made some software updates that warn people when AirTag is traveling with them. Another tip is to listen to an unfamiliar beep and check Apple’s notifications.

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