AirTag is a tracking device developed by Apple. It’s designed to act as a key finder, helping people find personal objects. According to Apple:
“AirTag is a super-easy way to keep track of your stuff. Attach one to your keys, slip another in your backpack. And just like that, they’re on your radar in the Find My app, where you can also track down your Apple devices and keep up with friends and family.”
All well and good, but as <Bruce Schneier> reports:
“Since September 2021, officers have investigated five incidents where suspects have placed small tracking devices on high-end vehicles so they can later locate and steal them. Brand name “air tags” are placed in out-of-sight areas of the target vehicles when they are parked in public places like malls or parking lots. Thieves then track the targeted vehicles to the victim’s residence, where they are stolen from the driveway.“
If you have a flash motor, time to get yourself a decent bug-sweeper, and test it.
Or, like me, just drive cars so old and unfashionable (NB: make sure they have small wheels – over-sized wheels are catnip for millenials and chavs / knackers / car thieves alike) that they are their own anti-theft device lol.