D.C. Police Hand Out Apple AirTags to Help Tackle Spike in Carjackings

Washington D.C. police have begun handing out free AirTags for iPhone users and Tile trackers for people using Android in their latest effort to tackle the ongoing rise in carjackings in the District, Ellie Silverman reports for the Washington Post. As of Tuesday, there had been more than 920 carjackings reported in D.C. in 2023 — more than double the 447 reported at the same time last year, according to police data. Carjackings in the D.C. region have increased every year since 2018, when the District, Maryland and Virginia reported more than 200 carjackings, a number that swelled to more than 1,000 by the end of 2022. D.C. police Sgt. Anthony Walsh said there have been three instances in which D.C. police were able to track and recover a stolen car through tracking devices.

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