Thursday, 17 June 2021 13:33

Milwaukee City Council Members Blame Car Companies for Spike in Stolen Cars

Written by Benjamin Yount, The Center Square
A public transit streetcar at the Milwaukee's Public Market. A public transit streetcar at the Milwaukee's Public Market. Stellamc/Shutterstock.com


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A pair of Milwaukee city council members are blaming Kia and Hyundai for a nearly 200% increase in stolen cars this year.

Alderman Khalif Rainey and Alderwoman Milele Coggs on June 16 wrote letters to both car companies, saying their cars are too easy to steal.


“KIA and Hyundai are directly responsible, in my view, for the drain on police and other city resources that have been sadly directed to deal with the rash of vehicle thefts and the havoc those thefts have brought to our city,” Rainey said. “It’s time for these companies to fix the problem they created.”


Rainey and Coggs say in their letter thieves can steal a Kia or Hyundai with something as simple as a USB cord. Milwaukee police have said neither car requires the key fob to be driven.


Milwaukee police say car thefts in the city are up 189% over last year at this time. Rainey told Kia and Hyundai their cars make up two-thirds of all stolen cars in Milwaukee.


Milwaukee police say a 16-year-old who was driving a stolen Kia SUV crashed head-on into a car June 15, killing himself and sending five people to the hospital.


Coggs blames the carmakers.


“Social media videos exposing car thieves or those who hunt them make what our city is going through seem unreal. KIA and Hyundai owners have been under siege, and too many of our neighborhoods, streets and sidewalks have been filled with...

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