Car thefts are soaring in Richmond
Kia and Hyundai thefts in Richmond have gotten so bad that police are giving away free steering wheel locks.
What's happening: The number of car thefts this year is up 42% compared to the same time last year, per the Richmond Police Department.
- Of the 637 vehicles stolen, nearly half were Hyundais or Kias, which are super easy to start without a key, as demonstrated in last year's viral "Kia challenge."
What they're saying: At his quarterly crime briefing last week, Chief Rick Edwards said things have gotten so bad that the department has purchased steering wheel locks (a la the Club) to give away to people who own affected vehicles.
- He said just call your local precinct to ask for one.
The big picture: Overall, violent crime is down 8% so far this year, but property crimes are up, driven by motor vehicle thefts and shoplifting, Edwards said.
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