Thieves are exploiting a system flaw to steal Kia and Hyundai vehicles with 2011-2021 model years.
Thefts of these vehicles have been on the rise nationally and regionally, including in Rockville, following social media posts showing how to start these cars without a key by using a USB cable.
Owners whose Kia or Hyundai uses a metal or steel key should take extra precautions. Vehicles with a push-to-start ignition are not at risk.
All vehicle owners, not just those whose vehicles are at a higher risk of being stolen, should follow these tips:
- Never leave your vehicle unattended with your engine running.
- Lock your car and take your keys with you.
- Park in a well-lit area or parking garage.
- Remove USB cables from vehicles while not in use.
- Consider purchasing a wheel lock or anti-theft device.
- Never keep your title or other personal documents in the vehicle.
- Contact your dealership for potential software updates or recall notices.
- Report any suspicious activity, especially during evening or overnight hours, to the Rockville City Police Department at 240-314-8900. (In the case of an emergency, call 911.)