Washington DC Gives Residents Free AirTags To Help Track Stolen … – Slashdot

The city of Washington D.C. is planning to give residents Apple AirTags to help officers track down stolen vehicles. PCMag reports: “Last week, we introduced legislation to address recent crime trends; this week, we are equipping residents with technology that will allow MPD to address these crimes, recover vehicles, and hold people accountable,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “We have had success with similar programs where we make it easier for the community and MPD to work together — from our Private Security Camera Incentive Program to the wheel lock distribution program — and we will continue to use all the tools we have, and add new tools, to keep our city safe.”

At launch, the AirTags will be available to residents in specific areas of the city that have recently seen the largest increase in vehicle thefts. To obtain the tags, residents will have to attend one of three scheduled distribution events next week where officers will install the device on the resident’s cars and help them set up the tracking tag on their mobile devices. The program is currently available for residents who live in Police Service Areas 106, 501, 502, 603, 605, and 606. Check where you live on the MPD’s website.


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