Stolen scooter tracked down with AirTags in NYC

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What you need to know

  • A stolen scooter in NYC was tracked down because it had two AirTags attached to it.
  • Dan Guido says he convinced NYPD to help him find his scooter after showing them how the technology worked.
  • He found his scooter for sale in an e-bike store.

Dan Guido managed to track down his stolen scooter using AirTag after convincing the NYPD to help him by demonstrating the technology.

Guido says the scooter was stolen on Monday night after he forgot to properly lock it up whilst out for dinner. He had two AirTags hidden in the scooter, a decoy one that was visible, and a more subtle one hidden inside the stem. Guido contacted NYPD but they refused to help as they thought he was trying to help them steal something and had to board a flight assuming he'd never see the scooter again.

A whole week passed and the scooter didn't move, thankfully this meant Apple's anti-stalking measures weren't triggered, so Guido tried to convince the NYPD a second time:

Guido says he was patient with them and even demonstrated how they worked with an AirTag on his keys, at which point they agreed to help, eventually turning up at a used e-bike store that matched the location. Guido went inside, found his scooter, and proved it was his by pinging the AirTag and pairing his iPhone to the scooter Then things started to get a bit hairy:

As the police continued to gather evidence one employee followed him outside:

I move outside while one cop retrieves the evidence, but the most aggressive employee followed me. He says, "All you're doing is making enemies." Gets closer to me, and pantomimes shooting me. He implies I'd get murdered if he sees me again.

Yikes. Guido says there are a few lessons he learned about using AirTags to recover something stolen, namely:

  • Use an AirTag adhesive so it blends into whatever you're trying to hang on to
  • Don't turn on Lost Mode, as that will alert the thief
  • Act quickly before anti-stalking kicks in
  • Call the police

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Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9