NYPD to give out 500 free Apple AirTags in effort to crack down on car thefts
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) are giving out free Apple AirTags to some citizens living in the Bronx in effort to crack down on car thefts.
Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD Chief of Department said “the 21st century calls for 21st century policing,” with the department encouraging motorists tostash an AirTags in unassuming places, like the car’s glove compartment or trunk so that if a vehicle is stolen, the driver can locate it in an the Find My app on iPhone that will track the AirTag in real time.
“It allows our officers to be more strategic while mitigating pursuits, keeping us safe and keeping the community safe,” NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said of the AirTags. “Hopefully we recover your car undamaged, we take a bad guy off the streets, and you get a car back to conduct your business and it doesn’t impose on your life.”
The 21st century calls for 21st century policing. AirTags in your car will help us recover your vehicle if it’s stolen. We’ll use our drones, our StarChase technology & good old fashion police work to safely recover your stolen car. Help us help you, get an AirTag. #GSD pic.twitter.com/fTfk8p4lye
— NYPD Chief of Department (@NYPDChiefOfDept) April 30, 2023
According to the NYPD, car thefts rose 19.4% from this time last year in the Bronx.