PSA: Don’t Let Apple AirTags Turn You Into Batman As It Could Be Harmful To Your Health

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AirTags Users: Heed This Friendly Warning That Can Save You From Injury

The latest story of the dark side of Apple’s AirTags comes out The NY Daily News (through The cult of Mac) and can be considered a Public Service Announcement (PSA), especially for those who like to act like a vigilante or think they are Batman. Take Stephen Herbert of New York City, who had the misfortune of having his Honda Metropolitan scooter stolen just three days after it was purchased. Herbert had put an AirTag on the bike in case something like this happened.

Herbert, 41, called the police and drove with his iPhone and the Find My app to track down his stolen property. For some reason, the AirTag failed to lead the men to the stolen scooter. That same day Stephen decided to rent another scooter and went looking for his Honda Metropolitan himself. This time he found it with license plates removed for a sandwich shop.

And this is what AirTags users should pay attention to. Without the police to protect him, Herbert made the mistake of confronting two guys in front of the sandwich shop and one of them claimed the bike belonged to him. Herbert said to wait for the police, which was probably the wrong thing to say.

Have the victim explain what happened next. ‘Before I know it, I’ll be on the ground. Maybe they both hit and kicked me,’ Herbert said. “I just hoped that at that point they would stop, get up and leave, and take my bike. And they did. Stealer’s Keepers.’ It comes down to? Herbert ended up with a broken nose that will require multiple surgeries to recover. Oh yeah, he didn’t get the scooter back either. While the police search for the men involved, Herbert no longer feels safe. “I’ve certainly walked around the neighborhood with peace of mind, and now I don’t,” he said.

If you are the forgetful type, AirTags can help you find your keychain and other misplaced items

If you have an item that you have AirTag on and it is stolen, let this be a warning. Don’t start tracking down the item yourself, but half way off without involving the police. Even Stephen knows that what he did when he went alone could easily have resulted in his death. He said: “I think a lot about, if he had a gun I could be dead. I think about how stupid I was to confront someone and maybe my life would have been ruined in a much more serious way.”

Apple sells AirTags individually for $29 each, or you can buy four for the price of $99. There are also a variety of leather loops, key rings, secure holders, and other accessories for the AirTags that Apple will sell to you. If you become an AirTag owner and use them to protect you from theft of your personal belongings, remember that you are not Batman and vigilantes can turn out to be sitting ducks.

The kind of person who would steal your personal property isn’t the type to give it back to you just because you show up, say “Aha” and ask to give it back. Take this as a friendly warning, because we care about all of our readers and the last thing we want is for you to get hurt.

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