Tourists wonder: Can I drive my Kia/Hyundai to Milwaukee?

Tourists wonder: Can I drive my Kia/Hyundai to Milwaukee?

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It's a common post on social media from people who are visiting Milwaukee or moving to the city: is it safe to park my Kia or Hyundai?

In several posts on Reddit, the general answer from commenters is "no," but we decided to take the question to city leaders.

Milwaukee police reported more than 10,000 car thefts

They told us they were not available for an interview but said in a statement that there is an 11 percent decrease in stolen cars this year compared to last, and "we recommend vehicle owners invest in a steering wheel lock, kill switch or a steering column collar to add an extra layer of protection."

Visit Milwaukee also declined an interview. But Peggy Williams-Smith sent CBS 58 a statement:

"Like many major cities across the country, Milwaukee has had issues with certain makes of vehicles being more easily stolen than others. "That’s why we’ve worked with local law enforcement and our partners to encourage all visitors to be smart when they park. That includes not leaving valuables in their vehicles, being aware of their surroundings, and making sure to lock their car doors."

We also reached out to Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson's office. Jeff Fleming told us the mayor was not available today, but said in a statement:

"This is an issue that is getting continuous attention from city government and from the Milwaukee Police Department. This coming Tuesday, we will be announcing additional steps to curb motor vehicle thefts. In the meantime, we recommend owners – particularly owners of vulnerable vehicles – use steering wheel locks when parked in public areas."

Fleming added that Mayor Johnson will attend Tuesday's announcement.

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