Theft of Kia and Hyundai vehicles has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years, according to a recent report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
Analysis conducted by NICB revealed that, between 2015 and 2018, Kia and Hyundai vehicles were stolen at a rate that exceeded the total of all other makes and models combined. In 2018 alone, Kia and Hyundai represented nearly 33 percent of all stolen vehicles in the United States.
The report, which compiled data from the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), revealed that certain Kia and Hyundai models were particularly vulnerable to theft. For example, the 2018 Kia Optima and Hyundai Elantra were the two most frequently stolen vehicles in the United States.
Experts attribute the surge in Kia and Hyundai thefts to the vehicles’ ease of access. These vehicles are known for having weaker security systems than other cars, making them easier for criminals to break into. Additionally, the popularity of these vehicles has made them more attractive targets for thieves.
To address the problem, NICB recommends that Kia and Hyundai owners take additional precautionary measures to protect their vehicles. These include installing an anti-theft device, such as a steering wheel lock or immobilizer, and parking in a well-lit area.
Ultimately, the report underscores the need for Kia and Hyundai owners to be vigilant in protecting their vehicles from theft. With the proper precautions, owners of these vehicles can help reduce the risk of theft and protect their investments.