Police in Ohio Use Cameras to Target Kia, Hyundai Theft
Oct. 18, 2022—Kia and Hyundai vehicles continue to be targeted by thieves, but local police in Ohio have put additional measures in place to address the problem.
According to ABC 4 News, Whitehall Police are getting online alerts from a compressive camera system that allows them to track down stolen vehicles more easily. The cameras have been placed throughout the city, and help to recognize when stolen cars and stolen license plates that are listed in a national crime database are driving in city limits.
Photos of the vehicle, as well as the location, are then sent directly to the police force through this system. The police were able to find a group of teenage suspects in a stolen Hyundai through this system in August.
Kia and Hyundai thefts have been an ongoing issue thanks in part to a group known as "The Kia Boyz." This group has a viral video that shows how to break into these car models with a screwdriver and USB charging cable.
Kia and Hyundai are offering free steering wheel locks to concerned drivers in an effort to deter thieves.