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Since February we’ve been warning folks about the rise in thefts of certain vehicles sold by Kia and Hyundai. Over these early summer months, law enforcement agencies locally have seen a drastic uptick in thefts of vehicles of these makes, particularly those with key ignitions. These thefts have been largely carried out by juvenile, unlicensed drivers who learned how to steal cars and SUVs through social media.
Hyundais with model years 2015 to 2021 and Kias built between 2011 and 2021 are especially susceptible to theft with thieves using very simple items.
Borough residents with vehicles falling within these parameters can now pick up a free steering wheel lock to add a layer of security to help prevent thefts or slow thieves. The locks are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Borough Hall.
FROM HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA: “Hyundai is committed to the quality and integrity of our products and plans to continue supporting the communities affected by this theft issue.”
As a department, we continue to ask residents to be our added eyes and ears on the street. Continue to be on the lookout and report suspicious activity immediately, especially during the early overnight hours when many of these thefts occur.
LIMITED TO QUALIFYING HYUNDAI AND KAI OWNERS. BOROUGH RESIDENTS WITH PROPER REGISTRATION ONLY.
Chief Ken Rutherford - Lansdowne PoliceMagda Byrne - Mayor of Lansdowne BoroughHyundaiKia America