The Cheyenne Police Department’s Crime Prevention Team (CPT) is warning the public of a trend targeting Kia vehicles in the south area of Cheyenne.

"In what appears to be a nationwide issue, techniques to steal these cars are spreading through social media channels," Public Information Officer Alex Farkas in a news release Thursday said.

"A security flaw allows certain models to be started without the owner’s original key," she added.

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Farkas says most of the cases they've seen involve damage to the windows of vehicles and unsuccessful attempts at starting the ignition.

"Kia dealerships are issuing software and mechanical updates to prevent these thefts," she said. "Customers can call to determine if their vehicle is eligible to be fixed."

"Once the update is complete, technicians apply an anti-theft window decal to discourage future criminals," added Farkas.

To help further prevent these thefts, Farkas says the department is increasing patrols in high-risk areas and working closely with community members to identify and apprehend suspects.

Tips to Prevent Vehicle Theft

The CPT reminds the public of these tips to prevent vehicle theft:

  • Park in well-lit, populated areas whenever possible.
  • Secure valuables: Keep valuables out of sight to avoid attracting attention. Remove personal belongings such as electronics, purses, and firearms.
  • Keep doors locked: Always lock your vehicle doors and close your windows, even when parked at home.
  • Install Security Cameras: Video evidence can be valuable in these investigations. Install cameras in a location that captures parked vehicles, make sure that they store video recordings, and keep them updated.
  • Report any suspicious activity to dispatch at 307-637-6525.

The CPT, which is comprised of patrol officers, a criminal intelligence technician, and a supervisor, was created in 2023 to enhance public safety in the community.

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