The Oak Park Police Department is alerting residents about an increase in vehicle thefts involving Hyundai and Kia models manufactured from 2010 to 2021. The uptick in local thefts mirrors a nationwide trend where thieves target Hyundai and Kia vehicles that use a mechanical key to start rather than a key fob and push-button. If you own one of these vehicles, law enforcement officials recommend considering extra security measures such as a steering wheel lock device or engine immobilizer. You should contact the manufacturer to learn more about additional safeguards. Officials also recommend parking in a well-lit area if possible. If you park in a personal garage, keep the overhead door closed and lock any service doors. Lastly, call 911 if you see anyone attempting to break into a car or trying door handles. For more crime prevention tips from the Oak Park Police Department, visit www.oak-park.us/crimepreventiontips.