Lawrenceville Police Address Surge in Kia and Hyundai Thefts, Provide Solutions

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The Lawrenceville Police Department has issued a statement regarding a recent uptick in thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles within the community. According to the department, the increase in thefts is attributed to a security vulnerability present in certain models of these vehicles, coupled with the proliferation of online tutorials demonstrating how to exploit this deficiency.

Affected vehicles include Kia models manufactured between 2011 and 2021, as well as Hyundai models produced from 2015 to 2021, which utilize a turnkey ignition system rather than a push-to-start mechanism.

In response to the concerning trend, Lawrenceville Police have initiated proactive measures to mitigate the risk of theft. Working in collaboration with Kia America headquarters, the department has secured a donation of over 100 steering wheel locks, specifically designed to safeguard the identified Kia models.

Residents of Lawrenceville who own affected Kia vehicles and meet specific criteria are eligible to receive a complimentary steering wheel lock. To request one, individuals must own a 2011-2021 affected Kia vehicle, be the registered owner, and reside within the City of Lawrenceville. Requests can be made by emailing Captain Ortega at SOrtega@LawrencevillePD.com. Upon verification of eligibility, recipients will be notified of a convenient time to collect their free steering wheel lock from the Lawrenceville Police Department.

In addition to steering wheel locks, the department recommends several other security measures to deter theft, including the installation of kill switches, battery disconnects, alarms, and GPS tracking devices. Residents are also advised to park their vehicles in well-lit areas and secured locations such as garages and parking structures whenever possible.

Lawrenceville Police emphasize the importance of community vigilance and proactive security measures in safeguarding against vehicle theft, urging affected residents to take advantage of the resources provided to enhance the protection of their vehicles.

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