Rhode Island is among the 20+ states that are urging Kia and Hyundai to take measures to prevent car theft. Recently, Cranston police issued a warning concerning the rising number of attempted thefts of Hyundai and Kia vehicles in the Edgewood neighborhood. In the past year, Providence police had also dealt with a similar issue, investigating over a dozen car thefts. Attorney General Peter Neronha, along with AGs from Connecticut and Massachusetts, have sent a joint letter to the two car manufacturers urging them to install anti-theft immobilizers that are standard on other vehicles. Thieves can easily hotwire late model Hyundais and Kias that use a traditional key, making them a more popular target. Stolen cars are frequently used in criminal activities but can be difficult to trace to the suspect without an anti-theft device. Cranston police advise car owners to install audible and visible devices, immobilizing-type devices, or vehicle recovery systems to deter thieves.

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