An Alabama woman fears someone is stalking her after they find a tracking device on her car.
Her father, John Price, of Mobile, told WALA that his 23-year-old daughter told him she had received an alert on her mobile phone saying she had been followed on Thursday when she came home from work.
Price told the network that her daughter found the Apple AirTag on the wheel well of her car.
The Apple AirTag is a small device designed to be placed on everyday objects, such as keys and cell phones, in order to keep track of them.
After Price’s daughter learned she had been stalked, she called her family and asked what she should do next.
Price said he called the Mobile Police Department (MPD), but it was unclear who the tracking device belonged to and why it was placed on his daughter’s car.
Data from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics revealed that there were approximately 3.79 million victims of stalking in the United States in 2016. Of these, 1.77 million were stalked using of a type of technology.
Price told WALA: “It was just one of those really scary times for any parent to find out your 23-year-old daughter is being followed.”
He later said, “You never really think it’s going to be about you or your family until it is and then you’re like, ‘Holy cow.’ She’s my daughter. Hope this helps someone down the road find something that isn’t supposed to be there.
Newsweek has contacted the MPD for comment.
Apple said in a Feb. 10 statement that it was aware of reports of “bad actors attempting to use AirTag for malicious or criminal purposes.”
He continued, “We have been actively working with law enforcement on all AirTag-related requests we have received. Based on our knowledge and discussions with law enforcement, incidents of use misuse of AirTag are rare, however, each case is one too many.”
Newsweek has previously reported cases where women have been harassed using tracking devices.
American Mieke Oort, 21, was killed in an attack on her apartment in Leeuwarden, a town north of the capital Amsterdam, in March.
The suspect, a 27-year-old man, was detained in Germany the same month and had met Oort on a Tinder date, according to one of his friends.
Her older sister told WCVB-TV that the suspect placed a GPS tracking device on her bike.
She said: “He put a tracker on his bike because in the Netherlands you cycle everywhere. Right now we’re just trying to process this whole situation and really say goodbye and make arrangements. what we should do.”