Theft Prevention for Your Vehicles

As part of a national trend occurring across the U.S., Howard County Police Department (HCPD) continues to see an increase in thefts of Hyundai (and Kia) vehicles stemming from a social media challenge in which thieves target a vulnerability to steal certain models of these vehicles. The good news is that Hyundai recently introduced a free anti-theft software upgrade. HCPD is encouraging all owners of these eligible vehicles to take advantage of this upgrade to protect their vehicles. Find out if your vehicle is eligible and schedule your software upgrade at

HCPD is reminding everyone to lock their car doors and to never leave keys or key fobs in your car. In recent days, police have taken several reports of stolen cars in which the victim left their keys inside their car and the doors unlocked. This occurred in high-density areas like Columbia, Elkridge, and Ellicott City, and in neighborhoods in Glenwood, Dayton, and West Friendship. No matter where you live, lock your doors, and take your keys with you. Do not make yourself an easy victim.

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