NYC using Apple AirTags to help lower auto theft

May 1, 2023

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.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell. America’s largest city is providing 500 free AirTags for New Yorkers as auto theft continues to challenge police.

In a press conference on Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams encouraged the use of AirTags to help locate stolen vehicles; NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell gave further information and tips on how to prevent auto theft.

Big Picture: A study found that motor vehicle theft spiked at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and has remained high ever since. At the end of 2022, auto theft was up 7% nationwide and 34% in NYC. However, consider this: Lt. Daniel Gallagher, NYPD, said a main reason for an increase in car theft in NYC is due to people leaving their keys in the car.” 

With nearly 4,500 car thefts so far this year, NYC is hanging out free Apple AirTag trackers (NY Post)

by Jenna Lee,