DC to give out free digital tracking tags to aid in recovering stolen vehicles

They’re not just for locating your luggage at the airport or finding where you put your keys. D.C. is hoping that digital tracking tags, such as Apple AirTags, can help get your vehicle back amid a rise in carjackings in the District.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. acting police Chief Pamela Smith introduced a pilot program Wednesday that gives out free digital trackers to residents who live in communities where the mayor said they are seeing the highest amounts of motor vehicle thefts…

Smith said that the department has seen a “significant increase” in the number of stolen vehicles and carjackings — up 36% this year over last year.

“Air tags and tile tags tracking devices allow MPD officers and detectives the ability to quickly locate a stolen vehicle,” Smith said, adding that while the person who took the car may not always be present, the tracking devices will help recover the property and potentially recover key pieces of evidence.

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