Thefts of Kias and Hyundais are up in D.C.
Kias and Hyundais made up a third of car thefts in D.C. in 2022, according to new data from USAFacts.
The big picture: Thieves across America are stealing the vehicles in seconds because of design flaws in the cars.
- Thieves are breaking windows and removing parts of the steering column cover, then starting the vehicle with a screwdriver or a plugin from a USB device.
- The tactic became known from a recent challenge on TikTok, which encouraged targeting these vehicles.
What they're saying: Last month, D.C. announced it would offer Kia and Hyundai owners free steering wheel locks to combat thefts.
- MPD tells Axios that each police station had about 75-100 steering wheel locks left as of Tuesday.
What's next: Kia and Hyundai both released new "theft deterrent software" for more than 8 million vehicles in response to the trend.
TikTok said in a statement to the Washington Post it "does not condone this behavior which violates our policies and will be removed if found on our platform."
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