Crime-busting mom tracks down Christmas decoration thief with AirTags


Crime-busting mom tracks down Christmas decoration thief with AirTags
Apple AirTag helps save Christmas.
Photo: Apple/Cult of Mac

A Texas woman put Apple AirTags on her outdoor Christmas inflatables in case they were stolen. And when they were, she was able to use the item trackers to easily find them.

Getting them back wasn’t quite as easy, however.

AirTags help save Christmas

Nyssa Galvan and her family are apparently fans of Dr. Seuss’ classic character the Grinch, because they put up an inflatable version of the green grouch, his dog Max and a Christmas tree in their yard. Then they got a visit early Tuesday morning from an actual Grinch who stole the yard ornaments.

Since the same thing happened recently to one of her neighbors, Galvan placed AirTags on her decorations. Apple created the tracking tags to help people find their lost keys or other items, but they did the job for the inflatables, too.

AirTags use the Apple Find My network. So when someone with an iPhone or other Apple device goes near one of the lost item trackers, the owner receives a notification. In this case, Galvan went to the address indicated, where she saw her stolen items sitting outside. She then called the police.

She posted her story on TikTok:

When her TikTok video ends, she wasn’t able to recover her blow-up lawn ornaments. “People didn’t answer their door so they [the police] couldn’t just go busting down their door,” she explained.

But the next day she was able to announce: “Grinch is back.” She also offered some advice: “Put trackers on yalls inflatables.”

Use AirTags to find your keys or other things

AirTag uses Bluetooth or UWB to make a connection to nearby Apple devices. Attach one to your keys and you can find them if they get misplaced.

Beyond that is access to the Find My network. Apple’s item tracker can be found by other people’s iPhones, Macs and iPads via Bluetooth. So a purse with an AirTag attached can be found at a train station where it was left hours ago.

Or an inflatable Grinch can be tracked down after it gets stolen.

Via: New York Post


Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.