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Milwaukee Police partners with local dealerships to stop car thefts

There's been a sharp increase in auto thefts in Milwaukee this year. Now police and car dealers are joining forces to clamp down on this crime. Milwaukee Police partnered with the Automobile Dealer Association of Mega Milwaukee to install free theft deterrent devices on eligible cars. The crime has increased nearly 70% year to date in Milwaukee. Jim Tolkan from ADAMM says the negative economic impact of car thefts is huge.

\"Often it's the only car in the family,\" Tolkan said. \"The only way to get to and from work. Many times they may not be insured. The car gets stolen, it gets damaged, it doesn't get repaired, people lose their jobs.\"

Service techs will come from ten local dealerships. The first event is Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The second is Saturday, November 1 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

The installation process will take approximately 30 minutes per vehicle. There are two locations for people to go.

Copper Man Recycling, 3818 West Mitchell Street, Milwaukee

Department of Public Works Field Headquarters, 3850 North 35th Street, Milwaukee

The following vehicles are eligible for the Free theft deterrent device installation:

2006 and older models:

Dodge Caravan

Dodge Intrepid

Dodge Stratus

Chrysler Town & Country

Dodge Neon

Plymouth Voyager

Chrysler Sebring

Jeep Cherokee

1997 and Older Honda Accords

2000 and Older Honda Civics

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