SPD Offers Anti-Theft Devices

Ofc. Daniel Strassenberg, PIO

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 4:37 p.m.

SPD offers anti-theft device in a continuing effort to curb vehicle theft issues plaguing KIA and Hyundai owners

In September of 2023, SPD and SCSO formed a task force to combat the rampant theft and vandalism of KIA and Hyundai vehicles. The effort between SPD and SCSO resulted in the arrests of several suspects involved in a theft ring  including KIA/Hyundai vehicles and Ring cameras. In 2023, a total of 218 KIA and Hyundai vehicles were reported stolen in the City/County of Spokane.

In the last several weeks there has been  an increase in thefts involving these vehicle makes, specifically KIA.  SPD is actively investigating the thefts and is still recommending  that owners contact their respective dealers to see if any modifications to lower the risk of theft can be made.  To offer additional assistance, SPD is offering free vehicle clubs, thanks to a grant from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority, to all KIA and Hyundai owners.  The club is an effective theft deterrent that simply attaches to the steering wheel.  If you are interested, please contact SPD’s Crime Victim Advocates Office at 509-625-4124.

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