Omaha police alert Kia and Hyundai owners to fad thefts

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Omaha Police Department warned the public on Thursday of a trend of car thefts they are seeing on the Omaha subway.

It’s not unlike a nationwide trend: posts about Kia and Hyundai vehicles — particularly Kias made in 2011 or later and 2015 and newer Hyundais — being stolen have been on the rise. fashion on TikTok and other social media sites. According to an email from an OPD spokesperson, there are videos of “Kia Boyz” stealing the cars and filming themselves driving recklessly, weaving through traffic and narrowly missing other cars.

“Kia and Hyundai vehicles are targeted because they are easier to steal than other manufacturers,” the OPD spokesman said.

Thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles reported in the first seven months of 2022 showed an 80% increase compared to thefts of these vehicles in 2020 and 2021.

OPD’s Auto Theft Unit advises owners of these types of vehicles to always make sure to remove the keys, lock their doors and close the windows. They are also encouraged to install alarms or use other anti-theft devices, such as immobilizers or tracking devices; and make sure not to leave a spare key in or near their vehicle.

OPD encourages the public to be sure to report any kind of suspicious activity they may see in neighborhoods, parking lots or apartment complexes by calling 911.

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