Note: This story was updated with new contact information on March 9.
The Homewood Police Department has partnered with Kia and Hyundai Corporations to help combat motor vehicle thefts of older models.
Kia and Hyundai models manufactured between 2011 and 2021 have been targeted across the country following a TikTok social media challenge that shows viewers how to steal the vehicle without a key. Police across the country are reporting an increase in these vehicles being stolen.
Homewood Police are giving away free steering wheel locks to residents who own or lease a Hyundai or Kia.
“We are thankful to Kia and Hyundai for providing us with the opportunity to assist our residents in protecting their vehicles,” said Deputy Police Chief Bob Misner. “We encourage residents who operate their Kia and Hyundai vehicle’s ignition with a steel key to stop in and get their free wheel lock.”
Residents who own a Kia or Hyundai manufactured between 2011 and 2021 will need to show proof of vehicle registration with an address within Homewood village limits in order to receive the wheel lock. Residents must show the steel key for ignition, a state issued ID card and the Kia or Hyundai they drive.
Residents can pick up the free wheel locks any time seven days a week at the Homewood Police Department, 17950 Dixie Highway. Homewood is expecting delivery of Kia wheel locks any day, but currently has Hyundai locks at the station.
For more information, contact the Homewood Police Department at 708-206-3420.