Cincinnati, Ohio — Thefts of two particular car brands are on the rise after gaining popularity on social media
In Ohio, the Forest Park Police Department is warning residents about a local increase in car thefts of Kia and Hyundai brand vehiclesAs reported in other cities .
Thefts are mainly from Kia cars newer than 2011 and Hyundai cars newer than 2015.
Police said thefts are on the rise nationally, after posts showing how to start these cars without keyless access were posted on social media.
Forest Park police say that since June 21, six thefts of these vehicle brands have been reported from large apartment complexes in the night.
“Kia America is aware of an increase in vehicle theft of certain trim level vehicles. As of the current 2022 model year, an engine immobilizer is fitted as standard in all Kia vehicles,” Kia wrote.
Hyundai said, “Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the increase in local auto thefts. The safety and well-being of our customers and community is and will remain our top priority.”
In 2021, Milwaukee experienced a wave of car thefts, which officials attributed to a gang called the “Kia Boys”.
Milwaukee officials said the increase in car thefts was due to more youth dropping out of school and a design flaw in some new model cars made by Kia, Hyundai and Honda that made them easier to steal.
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Have a new Kia or Hyundai? Here’s what to do
Officials are encouraging the owner of a 2011 or newer model Kia or 2015 or newer model Hyundai to follow these safety precautions:
- Use a steering wheel locking device.
- Try to park in areas with good lighting.
- Keep your doors closed at all times.
- Do not keep personal belongings or valuables in your car.
- Consider aftermarket alarm systems or anti-theft devices
- Report any suspicious activity, especially at dusk or night.
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