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Shorewood Police Department
Thursday July 8th, 2021 :: 01:05 p.m. CDT


Motor Vehicle Thefts

On June 9, 2021, the Shorewood Police Department sent a Nixle alert regarding the recent increase in motor vehicle thefts. Since that date, the Shorewood Police Department has responded to 11 additional motor vehicles thefts that have occurred within the Village of Shorewood.  Of those, 9 of the vehicles that were stolen were either a Kia or Hyundai model vehicle.  The two other vehicles that were stolen were different vehicle makes, but the thefts were committed with keys that were either left in the vehicle or left inside an associated vehicle.        
Since June 15, 2021, our agency has distributed 60 steering wheel locks to Village of Shorewood residents in an effort to help combat this problem.  We have also partnered with the Milwaukee Radio Group to create and air a public safety announcement regarding motor vehicle theft awareness and what residents can do to help reduce motor vehicle thefts.  Additionally, Officers from the Shorewood Police Department consistently watch for activity related to these thefts during their proactive patrols.  However, despite our efforts, these thefts continue to occur within the Village of Shorewood. 
We would again like to encourage everyone to do the following to help reduce the amount of motor vehicle thefts within the Village of Shorewood:

  • Lock your vehicle with the windows rolled up whenever you leave your vehicle unattended, even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway or garage.
  • Engage your car alarm if your vehicle is equipped with one. 
  • Do not leave keys inside of your vehicle.  This includes spare keys to the vehicle, keys to another vehicle you own, and/or keys to your home.  Thieves may attempt to determine what those keys will open and/or start and use them to their advantage. 
  • Consider using a vehicle anti-theft device like a steering wheel lock or brake pedal lock.  These devices can prevent the vehicle from being driven and may also act as a visual deterrent.  These devices can be purchased from various retailers.   
  • Consider installing motion activated cameras on your property to monitor your vehicles/garage.  Most of these types of cameras have the ability to send an alert to your smartphone, tablet, or computer to alert you when motion is detected. 
  • If you observe activity or behaviors that they you feel are suspicious in nature, please contact the Shorewood Police Department so an officer can investigate the situation. 

Shorewood Police Department
4057 N Wilson Dr
Shorewood, WI 53211

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 414-847-2610

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