Per Rockville Police: If you are an owner of a 2011-2021 Kia or Hyundai, your vehicle may be at a higher risk for being stolen. Thefts of these vehicles have been on the rise regionally and nationally after tips showing how to start these cars without a key and using a USB cable were posted on social media. While the City of Rockville has not seen a rise in these types of auto thefts, it is important for those whose Kia or Hyundai operates with a metal or steel key to take extra precaution, as this design causes a system flaw which thieves are targeting. The push-to-start vehicles are not at risk. Have a Kia or Hyundai? Here’s what to do?
• Never leave your engine running or leave your vehicle unattended.
• 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.