Hyundai and Kia thefts surge in Nashville
Police say the number of Hyundai and Kia vehicles stolen in Nashville this year has grown by nearly 200% since this time in 2022.
By the numbers: Metro police said in a tweet last week that more than 400 of those vehicles had been stolen year-to-date. There were attempts to steal another 245.
What they're saying: Sgt. Erik Nash with the department's auto theft unit said thieves are "exploiting a design flaw in the ignition system" many of those vehicles share.
- Thieves can steal a car "in less than 30 seconds."
- Nash suggests a wheel lock, which would block thieves from taking the car regardless.
Zoom out: Our colleagues at Axios Richmond reported the police department there has purchased steering wheel locks to give away to people who own these cars.
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