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Police Investigate Vehicle Thefts: Owners of Kia and Hyundai Models Urged to Update Security Software

by KQKInews
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Over the past week the Morgan City Police Department Detectives Division has investigated an attempted theft of a vehicle and one where a vehicle was stolen.

The vehicles involved in the investigations have a security flaw which allow criminals to easily access your vehicle and drive off.

Authorities said Kia models from 2011 to 2021 and Hyundai models from 2015 to 2021 have missing electronic immobilizers — an anti-theft device that uses a unique chip in the key fob to unlock the car. Without an immobilizer, thieves are able to easily unscrew the steering column in the cars, insert a USB into the ignition, and drive away.

Hyundai and Kia have developed theft deterrent software for millions of their vehicles that lack an immobilizer and will provide it free of charge to vehicle owners.

The software updates the theft alarm software logic to extend the length of the alarm sound from 30 seconds to one minute and requires the key to be in the ignition switch to turn the vehicle on. If you own any of these vehicles and have not updated the security, you are asked to contact your dealership.

Owners are asked to make sure the vehicle is secure and locked. Although this will not completely stop a would-be thief, it does make it harder for them to access the vehicle.

Officers of the Morgan City Police Department are on high alert and will be vigilantly patrolling the streets of Morgan City. The community is asked to report any suspicious activity to the Morgan City Police Department @ (985)380-4605.

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