...many of the stolen cars are simply being taken for joyrides. Once recovered, the vehicles are seriously damaged, likely a fair number in street takeovers.
One solution being tried in District 5 is the government distribution of taxpayer-funded steering wheel locks.
That might help cut down on some thefts, but reports show thieves are also taking advantage of the convenience of keyless ignition systems. For example, one person had their Audi stolen at a car wash while they were standing outside the vehicle, cleaning the windows. This makes carrying a Faraday cage and putting your keys in it when stepping outside of your car a necessity, which is ridiculous.
Kias reportedly are the top target of thieves in Milwaukee. They likely aren’t being taken for their extreme performance, but instead criminals have learned about a security flaw that’s easy to exploit. One repair shop told journalists getting parts to repair Kias has proven difficult since there’s a nationwide shortage, maybe in part because of their being targeted for theft, combined with component shortages from government shutdowns.
Hyundais and Hondas have also been key targets.