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Omaha Police alert Kia, Hyundai house owners about trending thefts

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Omaha Police Division on Thursday was warning the general public a few pattern in automobile thefts they’re seeing within the Omaha-metro.

It’s not not like a pattern occurring nationwide: Posts about Kia and Hyundai automobiles — notably Kias made in 2011 or later and 2015 and newer Hyundais — getting stolen have been trending on TikTok and different social media websites. Based on an electronic mail from an OPD spokesman, there are movies of “Kia Boyz” stealing the automobiles and filming themselves driving recklessly, weaving out and in of visitors, and narrowly lacking different automobiles.

“Kia and Hyundai automobiles are being focused as they’re simpler to steal than different producers,” the OPD spokesman stated.

Thefts of Kia and Hyundai automobiles reported within the first seven months of 2022 have proven an 80% improve in comparison with thefts of these automobiles in 2020 and 2021.

OPD’s Auto Theft Unit advises house owners of those types of automobiles to make sure you all the time take away the keys and to lock their doorways and shut the home windows. They’re additionally inspired to put in alarms or use different anti-theft units, similar to immobilizers or monitoring units; and to ensure to not go away a spare key in or close to their automobiles.

OPD encourages the general public to ensure to report any type of suspicious exercise they may see in neighborhoods, parking heaps, or house complexes by calling 911.

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