Kia, Hyundai cars in Omaha, Lincoln targeted by social media challenge

Law enforcement in Omaha and Lincoln is warning car owners of a social media challenge targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles. According to Lincoln police, 2011-21 Kia models and 2015-21 Hyundai models without a push-button start are “vulnerable to the technique being used by thieves.” The 2022 models have technology preventing this type of theft, according to authorities. Lincoln police said officers have investigated nine cases allegedly related to the social media challenge “KIA BOYZ” since June 26. The department said Kia’s and Hyundai’s have been recovered with steering column damage.Omaha police told KETV NewsWatch 7 that Kia’s and Hyundai’s are also being targeted and stolen in the Metro.Omaha has had an 80% increase in stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles in the first 7 months of 2022, compared to 2020 and 2021, according to Omaha police.

Law enforcement in Omaha and Lincoln is warning car owners of a social media challenge targeting Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

According to Lincoln police, 2011-21 Kia models and 2015-21 Hyundai models without a push-button start are “vulnerable to the technique being used by thieves.”

The 2022 models have technology preventing this type of theft, according to authorities.

Lincoln police said officers have investigated nine cases allegedly related to the social media challenge “KIA BOYZ” since June 26.

The department said Kia’s and Hyundai’s have been recovered with steering column damage.

Omaha police told KETV NewsWatch 7 that Kia’s and Hyundai’s are also being targeted and stolen in the Metro.

Omaha has had an 80% increase in stolen Kia and Hyundai vehicles in the first 7 months of 2022, compared to 2020 and 2021, according to Omaha police.

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