Vehicle Theft Advisory

Published September 6, 2023


This is a timely warning regarding vehicle thefts that have occurred at the University at Buffalo. 

Your UB Police are warning owners of 2011 to 2021 Hyundai or a 2011 to 2021 Kia, that they may be targeted by car thieves. It has been well publicized that, due to a design flaw in these vehicles, a regular USB cable can be used to turn the ignition tumbler, start the vehicle, and release the steering lock. In turn, this allows the Hyundai or Kia to be driven away and started again at any time using the same cable. The thieves specifically target certain vehicles with a physical key slot as push-button start models can't be bypassed as easily. Hyundai owners are urged to check the Hyundai site to see if they need the free anti-theft software upgrade.

UB Police urges you to take the following actions to secure your vehicle:

  • First and foremost, apply a physical steering wheel lock bar – see below for information on how you can obtain one of these free of charge from UB Police
  • Always turn off the ignition and remove your keys
  • Close all windows and lock all doors
  • Activate your vehicle alarm system
  • Park in high traffic or well-lit areas when possible
  • Remove all valuables from the vehicle

Members of the community are urged to be vigilant at all times. Report any unusual circumstances or suspicious persons and activities to the University Police at 716-645-2222 as soon as possible.

The UB Police have received a supply of steering wheel locks to distribute for free to students who drive a Hyundai or Kia. In order to claim a wheel lock, come to Bissell Hall on the UB North Campus and bring your vehicle registration and student ID. The wheel locks will be distributed first come, first served

Contact Us For Comments or Questions

Bissell Hall, North Campus

Phone: 716-645-2222