Most stolen cars in Milwaukee: Kia, Hyundai and Honda models

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A warning from Milwaukee police: car thefts are on the rise. 

Milwaukee police say crooks usually steal cars between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and typically the first thing they do is break the window. 

Police have spent most of November writing up reports about stolen vehicles. The top three that are hot on the streets are Kia, Hyundai and Honda.

For Kia it's 2011 to the newer models, and Hyundai 2015 and newer. 

“We noticed the perpetrator breaks in by the means of breaking a window. Once they are inside, they damage the steering column and able to start the vehicle and drive off," said Sgt. Efrain Cornejo from the Milwaukee Police Department. 

Police did not give a specific year for Honda vehicles. That's because they say Honda is known to be one of the top stolen vehicles throughout the years. 

Mallory Ostrander’s 2001 Honda CRV was stolen on Nov. 21. She lives at Brewers Point Apartments in Milwaukee.

“They have a black SUV, they came here, they kind of fiddled the car for bit, eventually got it to start and then drove off," Ostrander said. 

“The Hondas back then, entering those times they’re able to be stolen by means of what’s called a bump key, it’s a shaved down key that’s being used typically to take those kind of vehicles," said Sgt. Cornejo.

Milwaukee police say along with car thefts, vehicle deaths are up, too.

“In just the month of November, we’ve noticed 503 vehicle motor deaths, 59-percent of those motor vehicles deaths have been of these top three vehicles," said Sgt. Cornego.

Ostrander says she talked with police for an update on her vehicle.

“It’s been over a week, there’s really no hope at this point, it would be shock if they actually find it, unfortunately there’s not much hope to find my car," Ostrander said. 

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