Kia challenge: Police try to combat spike in car thefts after TikTok trend teaches how to steal vehicles

Kia challenge: Police try to combat spike in car thefts after TikTok trend teaches how to steal vehicles

CHICAGO (TOC) — A Cook dinner County Sheriff’s officer approaches an deserted Kia automobile on the expressway. He shortly determines it was stolen.

It is the most recent in what authorities say is an alarming pattern of stolen Kia and Hyundai automobiles following social media posts exhibiting how you can begin these automobiles with out a key.

“The TikTok problem is simply mainly educating folks how you can do it, which is loopy,” stated Roe Conn, with the Cook dinner County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Cook dinner County Sheriff Tom Dart has written to social media corporations, asking them to take down these posts. He stated there have been 74 thefts of those automobiles in July and a part of August final 12 months. This 12 months there have been 642, which is a rise of 767%.

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Quinn Cunningham, from Illinois, had his Kia stolen from a parking spot exterior a Milwaukee restaurant. They apparently broke a window to get in. When he got here out, all that was left was the damaged glass.

“I ran exterior and my again windshield was simply ripped off, pulled off the bottom laying there and it kinda clicked, my automobile’s been stolen,” Cunningham recalled.

“We have by no means had a rash like this,” stated Chief Paul Winfrey, with the Park Forest Police Division.

Park Forest police say they discovered a stolen Kia after it crashed right into a home, including that they’ve recovered almost the entire stolen automobiles.

“Principally, they’re simply taking automobiles pleasure using or committing one other crime then dumping them,” Winfrey stated.

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The Park Forest chief stated almost the entire suspected thieves have been younger youngsters.

Police counsel getting a automobile alarm or gadget that locks to the steering wheel, making it inconceivable to drive the automobile. You can even register your automobile with the Cook dinner County Sheriff’s Workplace.

When you enroll on the Cook dinner County Sheriff’s web site, giving them permission to trace your automobile, they’re going to offer you a sticker to warn would-be thieves.

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