It may not be why the app was developed, but Find My iPhone recently proved to be a key tool in saving a 9-year-old child.
On April 4, Jerrica Moore of Georgia pulled into a parking lot and briefly exited her vehicle, leaving her keys and son in the car, according to the Atlanta Police Department (APD).
Moore used iPhone tracking to lead authorities to her car after it was stolen Her son was inside. The Find My app gives users the ability to locate Apple devices.
APD shared on Facebook how a man jumped into the car and sped away with the child.
“Officials responded immediately at the scene and began preliminary investigations,” the police wrote on Facebook. “MS. Moore was able to track her son’s iPhone using My Location and relayed real-time tracking information to officers. Atlanta Police Department responded with support from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Fulton County PD and the Fulton County Sheriffs and used the tracking information to locate the vehicle.”
The post continued, “An Atlanta officer was able to spot the vehicle, which was being closely tracked by GSP. The suspect attempted to flee from officers, but GSP was able to successfully perform a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) to immobilize the vehicle.”
The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
Although the child appeared to have no injuries, he was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Hughes Spalding Hospital to be evaluated by professionals.
“Not all heroes wear capes,” police concluded in their Facebook post.
“We thank all officers and authorities involved in apprehending this suspect and bringing this child to safety. We are pleased to announce that the child and his mother are reunited. We are again reminding the community to lock their cars and remove all valuables, including their children, when exiting their vehicles.”
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Amber Rollins, director at Kids and Car Safety, told Fox News Digital that carjackings involving innocent children can happen anywhere.
“This is happening in safe, nice neighborhoods, grocery stores, day care centers, in people’s driveways at home,” she said. “It’s a crime of opportunity. Thieves know when people leave their cars running while just walking into something. No time is safe.”
“Bad guys will jump at the opportunity, and they don’t see the kid in the back seat until they’ve already taken the car,” Rollins added. “Most of the time they realize it very quickly and panic and leave the car or throw the kid off the curb.”
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reported that from the start of the pandemic through May 2021, 40 children left alone in cars were kidnapped in vehicle thefts where an AMBER alert was issued. Police say there were many others that did not require a warning, the NCMEC wrote on its blog.
Rollins said that just like with swimming pools, it’s never a good idea to leave children unattended or alone in the car.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/12/georgia-mom-uses-iphone-feature-to-track-stolen-car-with-child-inside/ Georgia mom uses iPhone feature to track stolen car with child inside