Earlier this year, Apple launched its own GPS Tracker: the Apple AirTag. With this GPS tracker, you can find out the location of, for example, your key ring. But the functions of the small device can also serve very different purposes, such as stalking. Apple has already taken steps to combat stalking, but the unwilling can still abuse such devices. The use of GPS trackers in stalking appears to be a growing problem.
Stalking: a growing problem
The number of reports of stalking that the police receive has been increasing in recent years. In 2019 and 2020 in particular, the number of registered stalking crimes is much higher than in previous years. Moreover, an increasing proportion of stalking cases remain unsolved.
And although there were about 4,000 reports of stalking in 2019, the number of victims is much higher. According to Victim Support Netherlands, there were more than
100,000 victims of stalking that year.
GPS trackers are also increasingly appearing in the news when reporting on stalking cases. The subject was discussed in various regional media because of a local stalker, including at the Brabants Dagblad, Omroep Gld and the Leeuwarder Courant. A participant in the Temptation Island program was also found to use a GPS tracker to keep an eye on her friend‘s hallways.
GPS trackers make stalking childishly easy
Stalkers are thrown information into their lap with GPS trackers. It is not only childishly easy to place such a small device somewhere (for example under a car or in a child’s teddy bear ). With the Apple AirTag,