Monimoto advises against the use of AirTag to secure motorcycles

Motorcycle security maker Monimoto recently released a statement warning motorcyclists against using Apple’s AirTag product to secure motorcycles. The basis for this statement: Recent news reports have reported the use of AirTags for illegal activities such as harassment, and some of the steps Apple has taken to reduce risk have made their use as an anti-theft device even less desirable.

According to Monimoto, two issues arise from the use of AirTags in motorcycle security. First, the AirTag will not alert the user when the motorcycle is tampered with or moved, so it may take hours or even days for the rider to know that the motorcycle has been stolen. AirTags have a feature to create a “safe zone” to alert the user if the tag leaves a certain area, but this would need to be programmed for each location where a user parks their bike.

Second, AirTags use Bluetooth technology to sync anonymously with all nearby Apple products, instead of using GPS technology. As part of anti-harassment measures, Apple device users can scan to see if there are AirTags in use nearby, which could be used by thieves to identify if the vehicle they are stealing has an AirTag. so they know to locate and remove this.

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Andrius “Bruno” Rimkunas, co-founder of Monimoto, said, “Apple is wise to take steps to stop the use of AirTags as a means of tracking someone. However, these procedures and the AirTag’s reliance on other Apple devices for tracking and communications are exactly why motorcycle owners need to select a different device…one that provides immediate alerts and ensures owners never have to worry about lose the bike they love.

Naturally, the company wants you to buy its own products instead. The Monimoto 7 uses GPS technology and SIM cellular coverage to alert the user if their motorcycle has been tampered with and sends a message to a key fob, phone app or via phone or text message. By not relying on other nearby devices, as the AirTag does, the Monimoto system has far superior coverage and accuracy – more details at https://monimoto.com.

Earnest L. Veasey