Bellevue police are once again handing out free steering wheel locks to 2021 or older Hyundai owners with key ignition or any KIA. Due to the increasing number of thefts of these cars, KIA and Hyundai Corporate have supplied a limited number of steering wheel locks to help protect your vehicle. Earlier this month, we successfully handed out well over a hundred locks.
“While we know nothing is an absolute guarantee when it comes to theft prevention, we do know that the more difficult you make it for criminals, the less likely you are to be a victim,” said Crime Prevention Officer Ruby Daly. “Hopefully, the steering wheel locks will provide another layer of deterrence.”
Please see the times and locations to pick up your free steering wheel lock. You will need to bring the car’s registration and your identification. This event is open to Bellevue residents.
Wheel Lock Distribution schedule:
|Bellevue Police Lobby 450 110th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004 Friday, March 24th 12-4 pm||Crossroads Sub Station 15600 NE 8th St Bellevue, WA 98007 Saturday, March 25th 10-2 pm||Factoria Sub Station 4051 Factoria Blvd SE Bellevue, WA 98006 Saturday, March 25th 10-2 pm|
Anti-theft software update
Hyundai and KIA have also announced anti-theft software upgrades for some vehicles, with more coming online later in the spring. Visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for more information.
Deter car prowls and thefts
Remember always to lock your vehicle, remove the keys and do not leave anything of value inside. If possible, park in well-lighted areas. Do not leave a running car unattended.
Anti-theft devices, such as steering wheel locks, car alarms and a hidden kill switch, will make your vehicle less attractive to thieves. Many times, prowls and thefts are crimes of opportunity, so anything you can do to make your vehicle more difficult to break into or steal, the better.
For more crime prevention information, please see our website.