The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) has reached out for assistance in spreading the word about an upcoming event they are hosting to help prevent the theft of Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 4pm - 8pm or while supplies last
600 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601
Kia and Hyundai vehicles have been the target of a TikTok social media challenge, which has put a spotlight on the vehicles' lack of an immobilizer. The challenge shows TikTok viewers how to hot-wire Kia and Hyundai cars with a USB cord and a screwdriver. This has led to many vehicles being stolen and resulted in at least 14 reported crashes and eight fatalities countrywide. You can find more information from this CBS news article.
These car manufacturers are working on software updates for the vulnerable vehicles, but in the meantime, the NLCRPD is hosting an event to distribute 320 wheel locks free of charge to any Lancaster County KIA or Hyundai vehicle owner. The NLCRPD has asked if local agencies to share the information about this giveaway to our insureds.
Anyone desiring one of these free wheel locks need only to show some proof of ownership of a Kia or Hyundai vehicle such as the registration card or proof of insurance.
Questions can be directed to Officer Tod Neifert, Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department at 717-664-5909 (Office), 717-733-0965 (Station), or NeifertT@nlcrpd.org.