TikTok Car Theft Challenge: Chicago Area Sees Massive Increase In Car Thefts

TikTok users are posting videos teaching people how to start Kia or Hyundai vehicles using the tip of a phone charger

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TikTok challenge in which people fall prey to thieves stealing their Kia and Hyundai cars. (ABC 7)

A car theft challenge going viral on TikTok has led to a 767% increase in Hyundai and Kia vehicle thefts in the Chicago area since the beginning of July compared to last year, according to authorities.

Users of the Chinese government owned social media app are posting videos under the hashtag “Kia Boyz,” teaching people how to start Kia or Hyundai vehicles without keys, using the tip of a phone charger or USB cable, prompting juveniles across the country to try and steal those vehicles.

Between July 1 and mid-August, there were 642 reported Kia and Hyundai vehicle thefts compared to just 74 last year, a 767% increase.

“This is an extremely concerning trend and the public needs to know so they can be vigilant in protecting themselves,” Sheriff Dart said. “The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work closely with other law enforcement agencies and engage automakers to reduce dangerous car thefts and carjackings in Cook County.”

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The trend is not limited to the Chicago area, it is occurring across the country with Los Angeles and Detroit seeing heavy increases in Kia/Hyundai related care thefts.

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