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The Apple AirTag is supposed to help people track their belongings, but police say the small device is being used for crime.
Apple products are increasingly being used for tracking, investigators told Fox News.
This is the case in Indianapolis. Just this month, Indianapolis police said Gaylyn Morris, 26, used the device to track down her boyfriend, who she said was cheating on her.
Morris hid the device in his car and followed him to a local bar. When she found Andre Smith, 26, there with another woman, police said she hit him three times with her car before killing him.
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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said it was an example of a growing and dangerous trend.
“I think we’re hearing more and more stories about how these devices are being used to do bad things, rather than the good things they were invented for. So, I think as we go forward, we all have to be aware of these Things are more cautious and curious,” IMPD Assistant Police Chief Chris Bailey said.
Apple said in part in a statement that “…we condemn in the strongest terms any malicious use of our products…”
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Currently, it is not illegal to use AirTag to track someone in all 50 states. However, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have electronic tracking laws. Three other states are working on bills. Ohio lawmakers are working to pass a new bipartisan bill inspired by the murder of an Akron mom.
Heidi Moon, 42, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in her driveway. Moon’s family told Fox News that he used an Apple AirTag to track her home.
“He stuffed something in the seat cushion of her car. He actually shot her with her own weapon. He was a convicted felon who couldn’t get any weapons of their own,” he said. Moon’s ex-husband Paul Presuta.
The bill could pass later this year. While it won’t bring the victims back, Heidi’s family said they hope it will prevent future tragedies.
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“With her here no more, a lot of things will be missed. I just hate that this happens to other people,” Presuta said.
Apple has made some software updates that can alert people when AirTags are traveling with them. Another tip, listen for unfamiliar beeps and check for Apple notifications.