Car Theft Trends

Putting a Stop to Car Theft

Car theft, especially amongst Kia and Hyundai owners, has been trending upward in recent months in part to a TikTok social media challenge. Viral videos on the app demonstrated how to jumpstart certain Kia and Hyundai models using a USB. In response to these videos, both Kia and Hyundai have issued statements that vehicle owners for certain models are eligible for free security software upgrades.

To check if your Kia is eligible, click here.

To check if your Hyundai is eligible, click here.

In partnership with local law enforcement offices, both Kia and Hyundai are giving out free steering wheel locks to those interested. Lt. Hemsworth, the Chief of Police in Wood Village, reached out to the companies and received cases of the steering wheel locks in early September. For Kia and Hyundai owners who would like one, the steering wheel locks can be picked up starting Monday, September 11th at the Wood Village City Hall & Civic Center (24200 NE Halsey St).

Please bring in an ID of your vehicle year and model or your vehicle registration. The steering wheel locks can be picked up at the front desk inside City Hall while supplies last.

Hyundai Models
  • 2018-2022 Accent
  • 2011-2022 Elantra
  • 2013-2020 Elantra GT
  • 2018-2022 Kona
  • 2013-2022 Santa Fe
  • 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2019 Santa Fe XL
  • 2011-2019 Sonata
  • 2011-2022 Tucson
  • 2012-2017 and 2019-2021 Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Venue
  • 2013-2014 Genesis Coupe
  • 2020-2021 Palisade
Kia Models
  • 2011-2022 Sportage
  • 2011-2020 Optima
  • 2011-2022 Sorento
  • 2011-2021 Forte
  • 2020-2022 Soul
  • 2012-2021 Rio
  • 2011-2021 Sedona
  • 2021-2022 Seltos
  • 2021-2022 K5