Car thefts have been on the rise in Baltimore, with recent data revealing a significant increase across Maryland and the United States. According to CBS Baltimore, there has been a particular focus on confident Kia and Hyundai models. Baltimore City police reported that car thefts are up 95% compared to last year, with Kias and Hyundais making up more than 40% of those stolen vehicles. The surge in carjackings has also contributed to the worsening problem, with the city recording a more than 50% increase in carjackings, with more than 200 cases this year alone, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore County police are offering preventative precautions for car owners to take as the number of car thefts increases across the Baltimore area, according to Yahoo News. They advise car owners to lock their vehicles, take their keys, and park in well-lit areas. In addition, they recommend installing GPS tracking devices and anti-theft devices to help retrieve stolen vehicles.
The surge in car thefts has raised concerns about public safety and the need for increased law enforcement efforts to address the problem. Baltimore City is even suing Kia and Hyundai for the surge in car thefts, according to WBAL-TV 11 News. The lawsuit alleges that the car manufacturers have been negligent in preventing car thefts and seeks damages for the harm caused to Baltimore residents.
As the problem continues to worsen, it is essential for car owners to take preventative measures to protect their vehicles and for law enforcement to step up efforts to combat car thefts in Baltimore.