The Forest Park Police Department is warning residents of a local increase in car thefts of Kia and Hyundai brand vehicles, similar to instances reported in other cities across the country.
The thefts are mainly of Kia cars newer than 2011 and Hyundai cars newer than 2015.
Police said the theft of these types of cars has been on the rise nationally after gaining popularity on social media.
Individuals posted tips on social media showing how to start these cars without the use of a key.
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Forest Park police say there were six reported thefts of these vehicle brands since June 21 from large apartment complexes at night.
In 2021, Milwaukee experienced a wave of car thefts officials attributed to a gang called the “Kia Boys.”
Milwaukee officials said the surge in car thefts was due to more youths being out of school and a design flaw in some newer model cars made by Kia and Hyundai that make them easier to steal.
Safety precautions to prevent car theft
Officials are encouraging anyone who owns a 2011 or newer model Kia or a 2015 or newer model Hyundai to follow these safety precautions:
Use a steering wheel locking device.
Try to park in well-lighted areas.
Keep your doors locked at all times.
Do not keep personal items or valuables in your car.
Consider aftermarket alarm systems or anti-theft devices
Report any suspicious activity, especially during evening or overnight hours.
Anyone with information about these vehicle thefts can call the Forest Park Police Department at 513-595-5220.
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