TikTok continues to maintain its spot as one of the most favored social media platforms today. This app lets people make funny videos, go viral, and even build brands and influencer careers.
On top of this, TikTok often has various trends that start, which people then emulate in order to go viral, get lots of views on their content, and otherwise be hip.
Unfortunately, some of these trends have taken a dangerous turn within the past few years. It wasn’t too long ago that people were eating Tide Pods in connection to some trend from TikTok.
Now, law enforcement is sounding an alarm about a TikTok trend that involves people stealing cars, thus committing serious crimes, per Washington Examiner.
A Closer Look at the New TikTok Trend
Police across the country are notifying various vehicle owners of the trend that has TikTokers hotwire cars and then take off with them. Apparently, some of the brands most impacted by this include Hyundai and Kia.
Major upticks in car thefts have already been reported, owing to this new TikTok trend. Meanwhile, thefts that have already taken place are under investigation.
Drivers of Kias and Hyundais should take extra precautions, as a new TikTok trend is encouraging people to break in to these kinds of cars. https://t.co/RpPoSzzqWP
— News 8 WROC (@News_8) August 26, 2022
People who commit these crimes, regardless of whether they’re doing it for TikTok or not, still remain liable for their actions. Going viral on TikTok just isn’t worth all the legal ramifications that stem from stealing someone else’s car.
Right now, law enforcement is advising drivers of Hyundais and Kias to take extra precautions to ensure the protection of their vehicles. Specific measures suggested include alarm system installations and parking in areas with lots of light, along with locking car doors and windows.
Thus far, TikTok hasn’t released a statement concerning this trend going around on its platform.
A Terrible Time For Left-wing Communities
Even before TikTok trends began, Democrat-led cities and communities were having a rough go of things. Though in places like New York City and Chicago, people are already especially vulnerable to having their cars stolen like this.
To make matters even worse, these communities continue to largely shun the notion of reversing anti-bail laws that let offenders back on the streets within hours to days.
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— TikTok US (@tiktok_us) August 24, 2022
Democrats in power also fired many police officers for not taking COVID vaccines; so, this, alone means there are fewer officers on the beat to uphold the law in the first place.
Hotwiring cars isn’t going to be the last of TikTok trends; it remains to be seen what will come next and how it will impact the United States as a whole.
What do you think about this new TikTok trend that involves hotwiring certain cars and then stealing them? Feel free to share your candid takeaways with us in the comments section.
This article appeared in New Vision News and has been published here with permission.