Salem police warn of rise in Kia, Hyundai thefts linked to social media trend

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SALEM — After a surge in thefts of Kia and Hyundai vehicles, attributed to a social media trend illustrating how to bypass ignitions, the Salem Police Department is urging car owners to take additional security measures.

The latest incident occurred on Dec. 27, when police responded around 1:19 a.m. to reports of car thefts in the 1000 block of Loring Avenue.

Three vehicles, two Hyundais and one Kia, were stolen using methods depicted in viral videos.

Though two of the cars were later found nearby, they had windows smashed, indicating the method of entry.

Since 2021, such videos have gained popularity, often showing the perpetrators driving recklessly right after the theft.

In response to these trends, the Salem Police Department recommends that owners of these vehicles remain extra aware and consider safety precautions.

Parking in well-lit areas or garages, using steering wheel locks, and consulting with dealerships for further advice are among the suggested measures to help prevent theft.

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