That the AirTag is a curious tool that can make your life easier in certain circumstances is a reality. Without going any further, I have an AirTag keychain, and since then I am going to be honest with you, I have not lost my house keys again.
However, the latest functionality proposed by certain North American authorities goes far beyond what is foreseeable. The New York police encourage citizens to hide an AirTag in their cars in order to solve thefts. In this way, a public management activity such as citizen security would be privatized and popularized.
In a tweet shared by the New York City Police Department, the following can be read:
The 21st century requires 21st century police. An AirTag in your car can help us recover the vehicle in case of theft. We will use our drones and cutting-edge technology to work safely and recover your stolen car. Help us help you, get an AirTag.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they added “Ad” at the end of the tweet, because it looks more like a bit of an advertisement for the company run by good old Tim Cook.
The 21st century calls for 21st century policing. AirTags in your car will help us recover your vehicle if it’s stolen. We’ll use our drones, our StarChase technology & good old fashion police work to safely recover your stolen car. Help us help you, get an AirTag. #GSD pic.twitter.com/fTfk8p4lye
— NYPD Chief of Department (@NYPDChiefOfDept) April 30, 2023
Be that as it may, having an AirTag should not be a recommendation by a public entity such as the police, firstly because they do not refer to it as a generic product, which is available to many other brands such as Samsung or Tile, and secondly because they discriminate both against those who do not use Apple products and to those who, for whatever reason, cannot use these types of devices.
Be that as it may, it is clear that the AirTag can help us in all these circumstances, and it is in stark contrast to the use of this type of technology in other places, such as Spain, where I can imagine the face of the law enforcement officer at the moment you hint that you have an AirTag in the car and that they accompany you to recover it.