Providence police hand out free steering wheel locks for Hyundai owners

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Police Department handed out free steering wheel locks Saturday to Hyundai drivers in the capital city.

Police said that they event was put together in an effort to prevent an increase in Hyundai thefts around the city, after a social media trend teaching people how to steal specific makes of vehicles went viral.

Police were tipped off to the trend and are now arming their residents with protection.

“Better to be safe than sorry,” said Sharon Tetreault, a Providence resident.

Officer Jose Deschamps took the day handing out the locks and showing residents how to install them.

“The way I learned is to get my hands dirty and do it, so a lot of people like to see that and ask the questions while they’re in their own vehicles,” Deschamps said.

The locks work on models made between 2015 and 2021 that do not have a push to start button.

Police said Hyundai’s aren’t the only cars at risk, and that the social media trend also targets Kias.

Another steering wheel lock giveaway is expected to be held next month.

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