Viral social media trend blamed for sparking spike in car thefts

The national trend started after a now-viral video showed how to steal a Hyundai or Kia using a screwdriver and USB charging cable.
2:32 | 08/15/22

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>>> A NEW CONCERN ABOUT A SPIKE IN THEFTS OF CERTAIN CARS, POLICE BLAMING A SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO SHOWING HOW TO HOTWIRE THE AUTOMOBILES WITH A PHONE CHARGER. EVA PILGRIM. >> THIS NOW VIRAL VIDEO SHOWS PEOPLE HOW TO STEAL A CAR IN LESS THAN TEN MINUTES. POLICE SAY IT IS CAUSING A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND THEY'RE WARNING OWNERS OF KIAS AND HYUNDAIS TO BE ON ALERT. A TIKTOK CHALLENGE SPARKING A SPIKE IN CAR THEFTS. >> IT HAPPENS SO CASUALLY THAT YOU REALLY DON'T NOTICE IT. >> MY WIFE'S CAR WAS STOLEN FROM HERE. >> THE TIKTOK CHALLENGE IS JUST BASICALLY TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO DO IT, WHICH IS CRAZY. >> IF YOU DRIVE A KIA OR A HYUNDAI, I WOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT. >> THE NATIONAL TREND STARTING AFTER A VIRAL TIKTOK VIDEO SHOWED WANNABE THIEVES HOW TO STEAL A CAR. YOU CAN SEE IN THIS VIDEO A STOLEN KIA SMASHING INTO A MEDIAN IN MINNESOTA DURING A POLICE CHASE. POLICE SAY FOURTE TEENS JUMPING OUT OF THE SMOKING CAR TRYING TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT, ALL FOUR ARRESTED. IN CHICAGO THEY'VE SEEN A 767% SPIKE IN THESE CARS STOLEN. LAST YEAR THERE WERE 74 THEFTS IN JULY AND PART OF AUGUST. THIS YEAR, 642 THEFTS. THE COOK COUNTY SHERIFF IS ASKING TIKTOK TO TAKE DOWN THESE POSTS. THE HACK ONLY WORKS ON VEHICLES WHOSE KEYS AREN'T EQUIPPED WITH ENGINE IMMOBILIZERS. MEANWHILE, VEHICLE OWNERS ARE SUING THE CAR MAKERS ALLEGING THEY KNOWINGLY MADE VEHICLES THAT ARE ARE EASY TO STEAL, UNSAFE AND WORTHLE LESS THAN TH SHOULD BE. >> IT'S HURTING A LOT OF PEOPLE. >> THIS TIKTOK VIDEO TARGETS VEHICLES MADE BEFORE NOVEMBER 2021. STARTING IN OCTOBER THEY'RE GOING TO OFFER SECURITY KITS FOR THOSE VEHICLES. >> I'M

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