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Hyundai and Kia Thefts in Lincoln, Nebraska: How Owners Can Protect Their Vehicles

Hyundai and Kia Thefts in Lincoln, Nebraska
Hyundai and Kia Thefts in Lincoln, Nebraska

In Lincoln, Nebraska, owning a Hyundai or Kia without a secure parking space can be a nerve-wracking experience. A recent surge in thefts targeting these specific car brands has reignited concerns.

Throughout the day, officers discovered numerous Hyundais and Kias across the city with similar ignition damage, pointing towards a potentially organized effort by a group known as the “Kia Boyz.”

A wave of Hyundai and Kia thefts swept through a community in a matter of hours. The crime spree started with a reported stolen Hyundai, and soon after, police found a damaged Kia abandoned on the side of the road.

Hyundai and Kia Thefts in Lincoln, Nebraska

Hyundai and Kia Thefts in Lincoln, Nebraska (Kia)

This pattern repeated as officers received reports of several more targeted vehicles all Hyundais and Kias with similar ignition damage.

Investigators suspect these thefts are the handiwork of a group known as the Kia Boys, who have gained notoriety for exploiting a social media method to steal these particular cars.

Although a recent software update from the manufacturers has thwarted some attempts by stopping the engine from starting, hundreds of dollars in damage are still being caused by the thieves breaking windows to gain entry.

In response, Hyundai and Kia are urging owners to get the free software patch installed and explore additional security measures. The update, taking only about 30 minutes to complete, is available at dealerships and special clinics set up nationwide.

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