Owners of this type of vehicle need to be especially vigilant. 

While I have never had a vehicle stolen (knock on wood), I have fallen victim to a vehicle being broken into. And let me tell you, it left me feeling extremely violated. 

So, I can only imagine how terrible it must feel to have your car stolen. 

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The Wichita Falls Police Department recently issued a warning to Kia owners, saying they have seen a rise in those cars being targeted for theft. They also pointed out that the thefts have been occurring during the late-night hours. 

There have been multiple cases of thieves being able to gain special access to the vehicles and start them. After doing some digging, I discovered this is actually part of a nationwide trend. 

According to Wired, Kia theft rates are up thousands of percentage points across the country over the last year, due to a flaw in their antitheft systems. Kia has been trying to distribute updates to solve the problem, but theft rates continue to skyrocket.

If you have any information on these or any other felony crime, call Crime Stoppers twenty-four hours a day at (940)322-9888, or if you’re calling long distance, call (800)322-9888. You can also use the P3 Tips app on your mobile device or submit your tip at wfcrime.com.

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