Springfield, Mo. ~ In response to a recent trend of vehicle vandalism and attempted thefts in Springfield, the Springfield Police Department has announced a new initiative to help protect Kia and Hyundai owners. The department is now offering free wheel locks to qualifying owners from Springfield or any surrounding community.

Previously, the free wheel locks were only available to residents of Springfield. However, in light of the increasing incidents of vehicle theft nationwide, the requirement for residency has been lifted. This means that any owner of a qualifying Kia or Hyundai model can now claim a free wheel lock from the Springfield Police Department.

To obtain a free wheel lock, owners must visit the department's location at 321 E. Chestnut Expwy., Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. They will need to provide proof of ownership such as insurance, registration, or title.

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The decision to offer these free wheel locks comes after the Springfield Police Department noticed a rise in incidents involving Kia model vehicles. In collaboration with Kia and Hyundai, who are also providing steering wheel locks for certain years and models of their vehicles, the department hopes to deter potential thieves and protect car owners.

The list of qualifying vehicles includes popular models such as the Kia Forte, Optima, Rio, Sedona, Sorento, Sportage and Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Santa Fe, Sonata, Tucson and more. A full list can be found on both Kia and Hyundai's websites.

This initiative is just one step that the Springfield Police Department is taking to combat vehicle theft in their community. They urge all qualifying owners to take advantage of this opportunity and secure their vehicles with these free wheel locks.

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