South Bend police investigating continued rise in theft of Kia-brand vehicles

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Officials with the South Bend Police Department are investigating a recent rise in thefts of Kia-brand vehicles.

According to police, SBPD officers have responded to multiple reports of theft or attempted theft of newer-model Kia vehicles in the past 24 hours.

Police believe that the rise in thefts has been caused in part by social media posts and videos that demonstrate how these vehicles can be stolen without a key.

South Bend police first notified area residents of the crime trend in July, when a theft demonstration video first began to circulate.

Officials noted that newer-model Hyundai vehicles can also be impacted by the tactics shown in the video.

Police-recommended tips for avoiding making a vehicle a target include:

  • Using a steering wheel locking device
  • Parking in well-lit areas
  • Keeping doors locked at all times
  • Keeping personal belongings out of plain view
  • Reporting any suspicious activity to the South Bend Police Department

The recent rash of thefts will remain under investigation by the SBPD Property Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip with Michiana Crime Stoppers by calling (574)-288-STOP.

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