Any New Yorker that owns an iPhone needs to update to the newest iOS immediately. This update contains a new anti-stalking measure that could save the life of you or a loved one.

When Apple released the AirTag in April of 2021, it came with a massive wave of warning from the law enforcement community. The 1.26-inch device was made to be attached to keys, purses, and bags so that a user could find it anytime from their phone. For $29 for one or $99 for four, you get your own tiny tracking device.

A Criminal's Best Friend?

An Apple AirTag tracker

To stalkers, car thieves, and human traffickers, this was a windfall – cheap tech that’s easily hidden and gives the location of anyone tagged straight to an iPhone. Also the device doesn’t need charging - the battery on an AirTag is a standard watch-size battery and lasts for about a year. There are stories of women having AirTags attached to their auto wheel-wells or slipped in their purses at bars, grocery stores, and while traveling.

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In an attempt to curtail criminal use of the feature, iPhones can detect an outsider’s AirTag traveling with you and send you an alert on your home screen that someone may be tracking you. iOS update 16.2 adds a new precision feature to help find the device on your person.

Apple AirTag Alert

Previously if an unwanted AirTag was detected, the only way to find it was to have the iPhone ping the tag and make the tracker make a noise for a few seconds. For hidden tags, this could still keep finding the AirTag difficult, as it could be hidden on a car’s undercarriage or somewhere else unexpected or hard to reach.

Apple's Precision Finder

With iOS 16.2, Precision Finding has been enabled to point you to the exact location and distance of a rogue AirTag. Unfortunately, this feature only works on iPhone 11 or newer. If your iPhone is from before 2019, it can only use the old audio-location method. If you own an Android phone, you can download the “Tracker Detect” app from Apple that will alert you of nearby AirTags the same way.

19 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- December 2022

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 12/01/2022:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.