Madison police seeing increase in car thefts, Kias and Hyundais targeted

Madison Police Squad Car
WISC-TV/Channel3000

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police reported an increasing amount of car thefts over the last two weeks.

The trend was monitored in the area of East Washington Avenue and Hayes Road, as part of the department’s summer strategic plan. Thieves are reportedly targeting Kia models that are newer than 2011 and Hyundai models that are newer than 2015.

Most of the thefts have occurred overnight, between midnight and 5 a.m. Police said that suspects will steal cars from hotels, driveways and apartment parking lots. Suspects will often drive aggressively and dangerously and don’t pull over for the police.

The thefts follow a trend that officials said has been reported in other parts of Wisconsin and the U.S.

Officials said that, instead of targeting vehicles with keys inside, thieves are instead targeting vehicles due to manufacturing issues. The vehicles are reportedly being entered via a broken window, and are driven away without keys.

Police said that the thefts are often done by groups of people who drive around in a single car.