Lincoln Police call out ‘KIA BOYZ’ for recent rash of car thefts

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Lincoln Police Department wants everyone to be aware of a social media challenge that could leave you stranded.

Channel 8 has learned “KIA BOYZ” is the latest fad inspiring crime in our city.

Police say thieves are stealing Kia models from 2011-2021, as well as Hyundai models between 2015-2021, and then posting about it online.

Vehicles that don’t have a push button start are most at risk given the technique being used, according to authorities.

They say 2022 models include technology that prevents these thefts, which have happened at least nine times since June 26.

We’re told vehicles were eventually recovered in each of those investigations, but all of them were damaged.

Police stress other makes and models are also vulnerable, which is why they’re asking everyone to practice several safety measures.

Those include parking inside a garage or near well-lit areas with cameras, removing valuables, locking doors, and activating your alarm system.

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