TikTok Challenge Targets Thefts of These Cars In Colorado
Keep your hands to yourself, not only was it the name of a great song from the 1980's it was one of the first things we all learned (or should have learned) from our Mom when we were kids.
Sadly, there are a lot of people who didn't learn this or chose not to follow that rule through childhood and into adulthood, and thanks to this Tik Tok challenge, it's now bringing this to light even more and it's not just happening in Colorado, it's everywhere.
Recently, a woman down in the Lone Tree area was shopping for about 45 minutes when she came outside to the parking lot to discover that her car had been stolen.
She told Fox 31 this:
“It shocks me a 2020-year car is that easy to steal. I also didn’t realize my car and model was easy to steal right now, I don’t keep up with those trends,” Alice Costa, who owns a 2020 black Hyundai Tucson, said.
The car was later found after it was involved in a crime at a nearby Wal-Mart. Little did the Hyundai car owner along with many others including me know that her car was part of this new Tik Tok trend where the challenge describes how to break into and start a car and steal it within minutes.
Representatives from Hyundai reached out to KDVR Fox 31 and had this to say:
“Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the recent rise in auto thefts of certain Hyundai model vehicles. While all of our vehicles meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, unfortunately, our vehicles have been targeted in a coordinated effort on social media. Criminals are targeting our vehicles without engine immobilizers. Immobilizers became standard on all vehicles produced after Nov. 1, 2021.
In order to assist customers with earlier model year vehicles without an immobilizer, Hyundai has been working with and will continue to support local police departments to make steering wheel locks available for affected Hyundai owners. Additionally, Hyundai has identified a Firstech/Compustar security kit that targets the method of entry thieves are using to access these vehicles.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2022, this security kit will be available for purchase and installation at Hyundai dealerships and Compustar authorized installers across the country. Hyundai will provide additional details soon, and customers who have questions can always contact the Hyundai Consumer Assistance Center at 800-633-5151.”