Middleton PD offers free steering wheel locks to owners of select Hyundai vehicles

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MIDDLETON, Wis. – The Middleton Police Department and South Korean automaker Hyundai have teamed up to offer free steering wheel locks to drivers of certain Hyundai vehicles that have come to the attention of thieves.

In a press release Tuesday evening, the city’s police department said it will offer the locks to people who live and work in Middleton and whose Hyundai vehicles do not have immobilizers. Typically, these are vehicles that use traditional key ignition, police said.

Locks will be available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis at the police department headquarters at 7341 Donna Drive.

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The move follows an increase in vehicle thefts involving models from Hyundai and its sister brand Kia in Madison and elsewhere. In Junethe Madison Police Department said more than half of the stolen vehicle cases it investigates involved both brands.

A vulnerability issue has made some vehicles from both manufacturers easier to steal, even without a thief having the key.

Christy J. Olson