Monroe County Sheriff’s Office runs out of free steering wheel locks for Hyundais
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is working to get more free steering wheel locks for Hyundai drivers. People have sought after the wheel locks after a spike in stolen cars, especially Hyundais and Kias.
The sheriff’s office gave them out on Monday at three substations but ran out by 4:30 p.m. Hyundai donated the locks, and Kia is set to follow. We’ll let you know when more steering wheel locks are in stock.
People who live in the city will eventually be able to get locks through the Rochester Police Department but they’re not available yet.
Rochester Police say they’ve gotten 169 reports of stolen cars this year as of the third week of January. Nearly 70% were Kia or Hyundai models. This year’s stolen car total in Rochester is on pace to reach 2,900, which would beat last year’s total of 1,134 stolen vehicles.
More coverage of car thefts:
- RPD: Teen who stole car from RCSD employee also stole car with children inside (Jan. 27)
- Attempted KIA theft caught on camera thwarted by steering wheel lock (Jan. 26)
- Deputies: Four teens found riding in stolen Kia amid spike in car thefts (Jan. 25)
- Rochester in middle of spike of stolen cars, mostly KIAs and Hyundais (Jan. 24)
- Rochester Police sound alarm on car thefts – and ages of suspects (Dec. 29)
- Caught on camera: Local authorities investigating after cars are stolen across the region (Dec. 27)