Once they are inside the car, the thieves deploy an electronic diagnostic device like the kind your friendly mechanic uses. With this device, the car thieves adjust the settings to allow the car to accept a key that they have brought with them. Once this is done, the bad guys get in the car and simply drive away.
The York Police have some suggestions which apply whether you live in Canada, the U.S., or anywhere really. Park your vehicle in a locked garage as most vehicles are stolen from a driveway. A steering wheel lock makes a good public deterrent so you should buy one.
VEHICLE THEFT WARNING AND PREVENTION TIPS
Investigators with the York Regional Police Auto/Cargo Theft Unit are advising residents they have identified a new method being used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles across York Region.https://t.co/CTtNAEsEQTpic.twitter.com/yOOqVqnuKO
— York Regional Police (@YRP) December 2, 2021
This new feature is supposed to help you find items that other AirTag users have lost so that you can return them to their owners. But it also can be used to find AirTags that are tracking your location or even the location of your car. If an AirTag spends over 24 hours away from its owner, it emits a warning alert. So if you do spot an AirTag hidden in your car, be alert because within 24 hours you might find unwanted visitors around your driveway.
The AirTag has a possibility of becoming a big moneymaker for Apple. Each tag is priced at $29 and a pack of four will cost you $99. And that doesn’t include accessories like a $35 leather key ring or a $39 loop. If you have the big bucks, you can nestle your AirTag into a $449 Hermès Luggage Tag. The most reasonably priced holder is Belkin’s secure holder with a key ring which will set you back $12.95.