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Apple AirTag should help people keep an eye on their belongings, but the police say the small device is being used to commit crimes.
Investigators tell Fox News that the Apple product is increasingly being used for harassment.
So it was in Indianapolis. Just this month, Indianapolis police reported that Gaylin Morris, 26, used the device to track her boyfriend, who she said was cheating on her.
Morris hid the device in his car and then followed him to a local bar. When she found 26-year-old Andre Smith there with another woman, police said she hit him three times with her car and killed him.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says this is one example growing and dangerous trend.
“I think we’re hearing more and more stories about how these devices are being used for evil rather than the good they were invented for. So I think we should all be a little more careful and curious about these things as we move forward. says IMPD Assistant Chief of Police Chris Bailey.
Apple said in a statement: “… we condemn in the strongest terms any malicious use of our products…”
Right now, track someone with AirTag not illegal in all 50 states. But 23 states and Washington DC have electronic tracking laws. Bills are being prepared in three other states. Ohio lawmakers are working to pass a new bipartisan bill inspired by the murder of an Akron mother.
42 years Heidi Moon was shot in her own driveway, her ex-boyfriend. Moon’s family told Fox News that he used an Apple AirTag to follow her home.
“He stuffed the fluff into the seat cushion of her car. In fact, he shot her with her own weapon. He was a convicted felon and couldn’t get any weapons on his own,” says Moon’s ex-husband. husband Paul Presutta.
The bill could be passed later this year. While it won’t bring back the victims, Heidi’s family says they hope it can stop future tragedies.
“We will miss many things if she is no longer here. I just hate it when it happens to someone else,” says Presutta.
Apple has released several software updates that warn people if AirTag travels with them. Another tip: listen for unfamiliar beeps and check your Apple notifications.