Beware Longview, Texas Kia and Hyundai Owners of This New TikTok Challenge
I have TikTok. I like to waste some time on TikTok watching video game themed content and cat videos to share with my girlfriend. One thing I don't see is these various challenges we see on the news from time to time. I guess my algorithm is locked to avoid that content. One challenge I just found out about could affect many of you in Longview or Tyler, Texas, or anywhere else for that matter, that drives a Kia or Hyundai vehicle. The challenge invovlves breaking into those vehicles and stealing them within minutes.
I'm not sorry for saying this, if you see a "challenge" issued on the internet and you participate in it and something bad happens to you, I have no sympathy for you whatsoever.
A new "challenge" going around is not only stupid but illegal and will send you to jail for a long time if convicted. Its called the Kia Challenge and involves breaking into a Kia or Hyundai branded vehicle, ripping open the steering column, jamming a USB into the starter, starting the vehicle then stealing it. This can be done within a couple of minutes. The thieves will then take the car for a joyride carrying out other illegal activities and even damaging other vehicles before abandoning the stolen vehicle.
Its a trend that picked up steam last summer and is still popular today.
How to Lesson the Chance of Becoming a Victim
Parking in a well lit area at night is a start. Another way is old school but seems to be effective, The Club (pictured below). Kia and Hyundai have also responded to this by offering a free software update that will prevent this type of theft. Window stickers are also provided that show the vehicle is protected with anti theft technology (Details HERE).
The Aftermath of the Thefts
Kia and Hyundai owners have posted videos of the aftermath of the Kia Challenge on their vehicles:
@tee.nija This is nottttt okayyyy‼️‼️‼️ #kia #challenge #breakin #trending #payattention #besafe #viral #tiktok #kia #kiasportage2018 #fyp #foryoupage #mechanic #stoptheloop #steal ♬ original sound - Tanija Norris @fari_negasi #kia #challenge #breakin #trending #payattention #besafe ♬ original sound - Fari Negasi @koosnei my car was found in a yard highsided on a trash bin. ignition is wrecked, and rear-end is damaged. the stole my walker. #kiachallenge #stolencar #pnw #tacoma ♬ original sound - Koosnei
Thieves are the Worst
Thieves are the worst and will do whatever they can to try to take what is rightfully yours. Be aware of your surroundings, do not leave anything valuable in your vehicle and do everything that is possible to keep your vehicle safe.