CPD Issues Alert After 4 Hyundais Stolen In 1 Area In The Past Week!

CPD warns of 4 Hyundai car thefts in 1 neighborhood in past week

On Tuesday, Chicago police issued community alerts for various neighborhoods in response to dozens of motor vehicle thefts, urging residents of those neighborhoods where certain vehicle makes were prevalent to be particularly vigilant.

However, Chicago isn’t the only place where this issue has been seen. To top it all off, officials blame TikTok videos as the source.

There has been an increase in the theft of Hyundais and Kias in the North and Northwest areas of the city, according to community alerts. From October 19 through October 27, seven Kia and Hyundai vehicles were reported stolen in the 11th district, according to police. The thefts occur at all hours of the day and night, from 1 p.m. in broad daylight to the wee hours of the morning.

Eleven Kias and Hyundais were taken between October 17 and October 29 in another community alert issued on Tuesday for the city’s 25th district. Some break-ins occur during the day, while others happen in the evening or during the night.

Theft statistics show that the 2011-2021 model year Kias and the 2013-2021 model year Hyundais are the most frequently broken into in the United States. This is due to the lack of a “standard immobilizer,” a security part that prevents a car from being started without the key.

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TikTok Tutorials, Commonly Referred To As “The Kia Hyundai Challenge,” Are To Blame, Say The Authorities, For The Problem’s Proliferation

Since July 1, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported 642 thefts of Kias and Hyundais. Only 74 reports were submitted to the office at this time last year.

TikTok Tutorials, Commonly Referred To As The Kia Hyundai Challenge, Are To Blame, Say The Authorities, For The Problem's Proliferation.

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Roe Conn said at the time, “The TikTok challenge is just basically teaching people how to do it, which is pretty crazy.”

Conn remarked, “It’s a really significant situation for Kia and Hyundai owners right now, and the manufacturers do need to do something here, they need to address this issue.”

Oak Park, a nearby suburb, issued a similar advisory just last week. Police in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood issued a community alert late last week after eight reports of stolen Kias and Hyundais in the area.

In Chicago, only 46 of those brands’ vehicles were stolen in the entire month of May, according to police. This jumped to 676 in August, accounting for 31% of the city’s total car thefts.

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Raymond Taylor, whose car was recently stolen from in front of his Calment City home, said, “They were able to pretty much damage the whole front end of the vehicle.” The damage to the tires, rear wheels, bumper, and radiator is plain to see. It’s going to cost you at least $5,000 to fix this at a body shop, minimum.

A Look At What Kia And Hyundai Confess To Be Doing

TikTok Tutorials, Commonly Referred To As The Kia Hyundai Challenge, Are To Blame, Say The Authorities, For The Problem's Proliferation.

Starting in 2021, the immobilizers were installed as standard equipment on all Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Hyundai told TechCrunch earlier this year that they would begin selling and installing glass break sensor security kits for vehicles at dealerships, though it is unclear whether or not these kits would be available to car owners.

According to NBC 5 Responds, both companies are working on a software update for older models of vehicles, but no date has been set for its release.

Concerned owners of steel-key-operated Kia vehicles will be offered steering wheel lock devices at no cost thanks to Kia’s “close cooperation with local law enforcement in affected areas.”

Chicago Police Department Recommendations For Kia And Hyundai Drivers

The sheriff’s office in Cook County is advocating for the use of anti-theft devices such as kill switches and steering wheel locks, as well as car alarms with motion detection and vehicle tracking systems to protect citizens’ vehicles from being stolen.

The sheriff’s office also mentioned that vehicle owners can fill out a consent form online so that law enforcement can access data location information for their vehicle in the event it is reported stolen. A sticker can be placed on your car to alert potential thieves that the sheriff’s office is keeping tabs on your vehicle’s location.

Conclusion

The police are asking residents to be vigilant and inform their neighbors about this crime. They also suggest checking the functionality of any existing surveillance cameras and keeping a close eye on any suspicious people who might be lurking around.

Manager Victory Williams of the O’Reilly Auto Parts store on 87th and Lafayette said that customer demand for steering wheel locks has been so high that he has had trouble keeping them in stock due to drivers’ heightened awareness of the issue.

Williams: “This is one way to try to kind of, like, try to slow down the theft, because The Club is to protect the vehicle; where they can’t just get into the vehicle, start it, and get away so quickly.”

The police recommend installing a car alarm and a GPS tracker in your vehicle in addition to a steering wheel lock in order to deter and recover stolen vehicles.

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  • Karan Sirari

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