The brand new TikTok problem is for Kia, Hyundai automobile house owners

LOWER MORELAND TOWNSHIP, PA (WPVI) – Warning to Kia and Hyundai owners: A new TikTok challenge makes you especially vulnerable to car thieves.

Social media videos are being posted by people across the country calling on teenagers and young adults to break into Kias and Hyundais and steal them.

The Lower Moreland Township Police Department said they not only encourage theft, but also encourage perpetrators to go on dangerous, reckless rides and vandalize vehicles.

“Every time you leave your vehicle, even if it’s just for a few seconds, we want to make sure you lock your cars and leave any valuables out of sight,” said Detective Justin Brommer.

Police also said that in many cases, criminals use USB cables to start vehicles, so if you have a USB cable or charger in your car, hide it or take it with you.

Also, remember to never leave a running vehicle unattended. Place it in a safe, well-lit area and look around. Police also said you may want to consider getting a steering wheel lock.

And if you see videos on TikTok, be sure to report them to slow down the spread of this kind of challenge.

In a statement, Kia said it is aware of the increase in vehicle theft in our area, but new models and trims are equipped with an immobilizer. All Kia vehicles sold in the U.S. are also said to meet or exceed federal motor vehicle safety standards.

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