Apopka police offering free steering wheel locks for select Hyundai and Kia vehicles


From the Apopka Police Department

The Apopka Police Department has partnered with Hyundai and Kia to offer free steering wheel locks due to the rise in Kia and Hyundai vehicle thefts.

Hyundai has joined sister company Kia in offering free steering wheel locks to owners of some cars concerned about a spike in thefts. Certain older Hyundai and Kia vehicles became common targets for thieves after social media videos in late 2021 taught viewers how to steal them with a screwdriver and a USB cable.

Base models of some 2015-or-newer Hyundai and 2011-or-newer Kia cars lack an engine immobilizer. This common anti-theft device prevents a vehicle from starting unless the correct transponder is built into the smart key.

More expensive trims of older Hyundai and Kia models tend to have immobilizers. But base models don’t, making them easier prey than most vehicles for car thieves.

Both Hyundai and Kia say all their 2022 and 2023 models now use immobilizers.

In response to the increasing incidents of vehicle theft, Kia and Hyundai are providing steering wheel locks for the listed years and models of vehicles.

If your vehicle qualifies, you can obtain a lock from the Apopka Police Department Community Policing Unit located at 112 E.Sixth St., Apopka. You must be a resident of Apopka, present a valid identification, and proof of ownership.

These locks will be available by scheduling an appointment. Email Apopka Police Department Community Policing/Crime Prevention Unit Sergeant Jason Wiggins at JWiggins@Apopka.net to set up an appointment.

Vehicles that qualify


  • 2011-2022 Accent
  • 2011-2022 Elantra
  • 2013-2017 Elantra GT
  • 2013-2014 Elantra Coupe
  • 2011-2012 Elantra Touring
  • 2011-2014 Genesis Coupe
  • 2018-2022 Kona
  • 2020-2021 Palisade
  • 2011-2012, 2019-2022 Santa Fe
  • 2013-2018, 2019 Santa Fe; Santa Fe XL
  • 2013-2018 Santa Fe Sport
  • 2011-2019 Sonata
  • 2011-2022 Tucson
  • 2012-2017, 2019-2021 Veloster
  • 2020-2021 Venue
  • 2011-2012 Veracruz


  • 2011-2021 Forte
  • 2021-2022 K5
  • 2011-2020 Optima
  • 2011-2021 Rio
  • 2011-2021 Sedona
  • 2021-2022 Seltos
  • 2010-2022 Soul
  • 2011-2022 Sorento
  • 2011-2022 Sportage

Apply for steering wheel lock online

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