Thieves appear to be targeting certain vehicles as part of social media trend, police warn

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – The Forest Park Police Department is warning owners of Kia and Hyundai vehicle models to be vigilant as thieves appear to be targeting car brands.

Forest Park Police said six vehicle brand thefts had been reported since June 21. The thefts primarily involve Kia models newer than 2011 and Hyundai models newer than 2015, according to police.

The theft of these makes of vehicles appears to be part of a growing social media trend in the United States, police said.

“The trend seems to have gained popularity through social media where the method of starting the car without a key has spread,” Forest Park Police said.

Reported thefts in Forest Park since June 21 have occurred in a variety of locations, but police say three vehicles were stolen from large apartment complexes overnight.

If you own a 2011 or newer Kia model or a 2015 or newer Hyundai model, police recommend that you take the following steps:

  • Try to park your vehicle in a safe place like a closed garage
  • Use a steering wheel lock
  • Try to park in well-lit places
  • Keep your doors locked at all times
  • Do not keep personal or valuable items in your car
  • Consider aftermarket alarm systems or anti-theft devices
  • Report any suspicious activity, especially in the evening or at night

Call the Forest Park Police Department at 513-595-5220 if you have any information regarding the six vehicle thefts. To report an ongoing crime or suspicious activity, call 513-825-2280 or 911.

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