There aren’t many lower life forms walking the planet than motorcycle thieves, and unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a garage (or living room) to safely shelter their pride and joy. That was certainly the case up in Washington recently when a rider woke up to find that his Precious was not in the apartment parking lot spot where he had left it the night before.

However, according to a post on Apple Insider, the owner was thoughtful enough to have placed an Apple AirTag device on the bike, and when he saw that it was missing, he activated the tracking tech on his iPhone and saw that his missing motorcycle was… a few blocks away. After he contacted police (usually a better idea than confronting possibly armed thieves yourself), the motorcycle was returned to him, thankfully undamaged.

So what happened? Why did the human compost who stole the bike leave it be? If you’ve used AirTags, then you probably know that if you have an Apple i-device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and come across an AirTag that has left its happy place, you get a ping on your device – no matter who the AirTag belongs to. You can then ping the AirTag owner (all anonymously) that you’ve come across their missing wallet/phone/bag/backpack/motorcycle/FabragĂ© Egg, and help it find its way back home.

If the thief had an iPhone, they would have likely gotten an onscreen notification or heard a sound from the AirTag that the bike they were trying to heist was being tracked as they moved it, and perhaps that was enough to warn them off. Or maybe they could not get it started. Who knows, but hey, this is the ending we all want to see.

Bottom line is that there are a number of techie ways to track your bike (and stuff in general), from AirTags to Tiles to LoJack. An AirTag is a simple solution for Applephiles, while Tile users can likewise take advantage of Amazon’s growing Echo-powered Sidewalk techno net, and LoJack is a reliable GPS-based system that’s now app-based as well. Choose your tracking weapon.

Having an insurance company replace your bike is one thing; losing a bike you’ve poured love, money and sweat into to make it perfect for yourself is quite another. We’re glad you got your bike back, friend.

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