This Apple AirTag saved the day when it foiled the theft of a car taken from the iconic Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

AirTag on keychain
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We've seen the Apple AirTag used in a variety of different ways since the item tracker launched, including helping people locate lost luggage and other items. Now, the latest news is an AirTag being used to help locate a stolen vehicle in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The story goes that a car was left at the valet service at the KLCC shopping center at the city's iconic Petronas Towers before it was stolen from that same location. Thankfully, the vehicle was later recovered after it was located by its owner thanks to the help of an AirTag.

The car's owner was able to find his Honda HRV after following its location in another vehicle before police were able to recover it and apprehend a suspect.

This is of course not what Apple intended when it launched the AirTag — it was designed for finding keys, wallets, and other small items — but if you're at all worried about having your vehicle stolen, an AirTag might be worth checking out. It'll even come in handy when you forget where you parked, too.

Gone but not forgotten reports that the car was stolen despite the owner still having its key, which is interesting enough on its own. But matters improved when the shopping center reported via a statement that the "car's GPS system" had made it possible for it to be located. In reality, it was a simple AirTag that came to the rescue.

Notably, the car's owner was told not to disclose that there was an AirTag in the vehicle immediately following its recovery, hence the confusion over the use of the "GPS tracker".

Airtag |$99$75 at Amazon

Airtag | $99 $75 at Amazon

Track all your cars and so much more with not one but four Apple Airtags in one deal. Hopefully you'll never need to follow your stolen car but at least you'll never lose your car keys again.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.