Beyond MoCo: TikTok Car Theft Trend Reaches Howard County

Howard County Police warn residents of a national trend that has seen an increase in thefts of Hyundai and Kia vehicles. This trend has been referred to as the “Kia Boyz Challenge” that has gained popularity on social media, including the video sharing app TikTok. The challenge was allegedly started by the Kia Boyz, who showed people how easy it is to use a USB cable in the steering columns to start, and steal Kias and Hyundais.

Per Howard County Police: In recent months, Howard County has seen an increase in thefts of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, which is part of a national trend occurring across the U.S. If you have a 2016-2021 Hyundai or 2011-2021 Kia model that is started by a key, consider taking the following preventive measures:

  • Purchase a steering wheel lock. These are relatively inexpensive and are an excellent visual deterrent to thieves.
  • Purchase a security kit recently released by Hyundai. Contact a local dealership for more information.
  • Practice standard vehicle theft safety measures such as parking in a secured access lot or personal garage if you have one.

Howard County police are actively investigating these thefts and believe a majority are committed by a small number of people, mostly juveniles and young adults.

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Per MCPD: “A 16-year-old from Gaithersburg has been arrested in possession of a stolen vehicle with a loaded firearm. 


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