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BMW stolen in Canada: a hidden AirTag dramatically changes the outcome of the story

A device to find keys that is capable of much more.

BMW stolen in Canada: a hidden AirTag dramatically changes the outcome of the story
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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In the quiet everyday life of a neighborhood in Canada, the last thing Saamer Mansoor imagined as he went to bed that night was that his BMW wouldn’t be in his garage the next morning. The carelessness of leaving the driver’s window open became the entry point for the thieves, who didn’t miss the opportunity to take away the expensive vehicle. What these wrongdoers didn’t know was that Mansoor had taken a precaution six months ago that would drastically change the course of events.

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It was Saamer’s brother who, upon noticing the absence of the car, raised the alarm. Amidst the initial commotion, Mansoor remembered the AirTag, that small device costing just 29 dollars he had hidden in his car. Despite the nervousness, Saamer kept enough composure to act quickly: he accessed the Find My app, and there it was, a beacon of hope amidst despair, showing the location of the BMW.

As reported by CTV News (via 9to5mac), with the police already informed, the Mansoor brothers didn’t sit idly waiting for news. Following the AirTag signal, they headed towards a nearby motel, the place the device had indicated as the current location of their car. Tension hung in the air as they approached the location; every second seemed to stretch endlessly as they wondered whether they would really find the vehicle or if it would all be false hope. After all, someone could have found the AirTag and thrown it anywhere, driving away with the car.

Upon reaching the motel, the conclusion of this story began to take shape. The police, already on the scene thanks to Saamer’s alert, proceeded with their protocol. With a mix of relief and amazement, Mansoor discovered that using an AirTag designed to find lost keys or forgotten backpacks had served for something much more valuable: recovering their car and most of their belongings.

Mansoor’s strategic use of the AirTag is not an isolated case. In fact, just a few days ago, we had news about how authorities in cities like Washington D.C. are planning to distribute these devices among the population as a deterrent measure against car theft.

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This incident and its happy ending underscore the importance of being prepared in certain scenarios. Saamer Mansoor not only recovered his BMW but also provided another testimony about security in the digital age: the technology we carry in our pockets offers much more than it seems at first glance. And AirTags are proof of that.

David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of hoyenapple.com | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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