South Bend Police investigating string of car thefts targeting Kia, Hyundai

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The South Bend Police Department is investigating a string of thefts in the area targeting certain types of vehicles.

In July, officers responded to several reports of thefts or attempted thefts of newer-model Kia and Hyundai vehicles.

Police said the thefts may be motivated by posts on social media.

According to investigators, a video is circulating online that demonstrates how the vehicles can be stolen without a key.

Regardless of your vehicle's brand, police suggest the following to avoid theft:

  • Use a steering wheel locking device
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Keep doors locked at all times
  • Keep personal belongings out of plain view
  • Report any suspicious activity to the South Bend Police Department

The Property Crimes Unit continues to investigate these incidents.

If you have any information, please send an anonymous tip to Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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