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TikTok challenge teaches how to start cars and thefts increase | Digital Trends Spanish

A big security problem is having the city of Chicago because of a tiktok viruswhich teaches how to start cars, mainly Kia and Hyundai, which triggered 800 percent of vehicle theft in the city.

In the records, it is seen how teenagers get into cars and pressing the start button makes the car start. Applicable crime for cars 2011-2021.

The 2022 models have a system that no longer allows this theft, as the lincoln policeshowing a map of robberies or attempted robberies between June and July 2022.

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According to data from the Milwaukee Police Department that collected jalopnikwhile in 2020 only 188 vehicles of these brands were stolen, in November 2021, 70% of the cars stolen that year were from these manufacturers.

We are talking about 2,697 KIAs and 2,665 Hyundais out of a total of 7,000 at that time. The huge figures seem even small next to the percentages: Hyundai’s theft increased by 1,715% and Kia’s by 3,183%.

In Chicago the thing has not been light either. From 74 robberies between July and August 2021 in Cook County, this year they have gone up to 642, which is a 767% increase according to official figures.

Who are the ones behind the viral: The Kia Boys

According to Paul Winfrey, police officer of the Park Forest Police Department, the profile of the adolescents are those who “have fun driving the cars or committing another crime and then they shoot them.” In other cases, cars are stolen to be sold cheaply to owners who don’t care where they come from.

In most cases, with ‘Kia Boys’ or ‘Kia Boys’ we mean adolescent thieves between 11 and 15 years old so they can’t even have a driver’s license.

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Authorities such as Roe Conn, of the county Sheriff’s office, they directly accuse TikTok.

“TikTok’s challenge is basically teaching people how to do it, which is crazy.”

In statements to USAToday, Kia and Hyundai all cited that their vehicles meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. In the new models they have introduced motor blockers that no longer allow theft.

“Kia America is aware of an increase in vehicle thefts of certain trim level vehicles. Starting with the current 2022 model year, all Kia vehicles have an engine immobilizer fitted as standard.”

“Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the increase in local auto thefts. The safety and well-being of our customers and the community is and will continue to be our top priority.”

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