TikTok Tutorials STILL Spiking Kansas City Kia & Hyundai Auto Thefts

A social media trend targets economy car drivers . . . Here's the latest tragedy for a local worker . . .

KCPD says the damage to her Kia is consistent with one of those cases. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's to blame for at least 14 crashes and eight deaths.

As many as 3.8 million Hyundais and 4.5 million Kias have been involved.

Officers say after-market alarm systems or things like the club may prevent the thieves from stealing. Also, a GPS device in the vehicle could help the police locate it faster if it's taken.

The victim, she's left without transportation, paying out of pocket for the damage.

KCPD says social media shouldn't be allowing these "how to videos" on stealing cars and encourages victims to get them taken down.

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Northland woman believes stolen, damaged Kia is connected to recent TikTok trend

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City woman in the Northland believes she was the latest target of a TikTok trend that has led to crashes and deaths across the country. Kansas City police says Kias and Hyundais make up 30% of car theft cases right now in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Hyundai and Kia to Give Away Free Steering Wheel Locks After TikTok Thefts

Hyundai Motor Co., parent company of and , is reportedly going to distribute free steering wheel locks like it's 1999 in response to that were popularized on the viral video network . The free steering wheel locks are being given away in addition to an upcoming update to anti-theft software in 3 million Hyundai and Kia models, according to .

NYPD's answer to TikTok car theft challenges: 500 free AirTags

The New York Police Department is turning to Apple AirTags to combat a rise in stolen vehicles it blames on a TikTok car theft challenge. In a press conference on Sunday, NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced that the city is handing out 500 free AirTags to help residents track their cars in case they've been stolen.

Criminals are stealing hundreds of thousands of Kias and Hyundais - and TikTok is to blame

Bria Jenkins was enjoying an evening at home last November, watching television with her kids and waiting for a Domino's delivery. But when she opened the door to grab the pizza from the delivery driver, she got a serious shock: There was broken glass strewn on the ground and her 2013 Kia Optima was gone - stolen from right in front of her house.

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