The city of Atlanta (ATLANTA) – According to the Atlanta Police Department, a mother used the Find My iPhone feature to help police locate her son, who had been kidnapped during a carjacking.
After Jerrica Moore pulled into a parking lot on Monday morning, she exited but left her car running with the keys in the ignition; a man jumped into the vehicle and drove off with her 9-year-old son still in the backseat, police said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
According to the police, Moore used the Find My iPhone app to locate her son’s iPhone, which he was carrying in the car at the time.
Police received real-time tracking information from Moore, who was able to locate her son’s iPhone via its “my location” feature and share it with them. Atlanta Police responded and used the tracking information to work on locating the vehicle with the assistance of Georgia State Patrol (GSP), Fulton County PD, and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, “the Atlanta Police Department said.
Based on body camera footage, Atlanta police were able to locate the vehicle, as well as the suspect, and Moore’s son, all within an hour of receiving the GPS information.
That child and his mother have been reunited, which is great news for us. It’s time for Atlanta’s police department to remind residents to lock their cars and remove all valuables, including children, from their vehicles when they get out of them, the Atlanta Police Department said.
There has been an increase in the number of carjackings involving children, say experts.
A child advocate with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told ABC News’ Good Morning America, “We’ve seen carjackings with children in the back, whether or not the carjacker knew the child was in there.” Callahan Walsh As a result of these incidents, there were 34 Amber Alerts issued last year for carjackings where a child was present.
According to Walsh, the Find My app on iPhones is one of several tools that can aid in the search for a missing child.
“Parents should know that they can give their child an old cellphone if they have one.” However, that phone can still call 911, no matter what the phone doesn’t have a data plan for.
This app can be used to locate Apple devices such as the AirPods or AirTags, as well as other devices such as Apple Watches, iPod touches, and iPads. It is also available for Mac computers.