South Bend Police issue warning about Kia, Hyundai vehicles targeted in recent thefts

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 4:04 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The South Bend Police Department is investigating a series of car thefts that may be motivated by posts circulating on social media.

Officers have responded to several reports of thefts or attempted thefts of newer-model Kia and Hyundai vehicles over the past month.

This comes as officials say a video is making its rounds online showing how these vehicles can be stolen without a key.

Whether you own a Kia or Hyundai vehicle or not, police say you can avoid making your vehicle a target by:

  • Using a steering wheel locking device
  • Parking in well-lit areas
  • Keeping doors locked at all times
  • Keeping personal belongings out of plain view
  • Reporting any suspicious activity to the South Bend Police Department

If you have any information, you’re asked to leave an anonymous tip with Michiana Crime Stoppers by calling 574-288-STOP.

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