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Baltimore City leaders announce measures to crack down on auto thefts

(Baltimore, MD) -- Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Richard Worley have outlined initiatives they'll take to combat Baltimore's surging auto thefts.

Car thefts have soared by 229 percent in the city this year.

At a news conference today, the mayor explained the initiatives will center on four areas -- prevention, deterrence, enforcement and continued legal steps against negligent manufacturers.

He says Kia and Hyundai cars make up more than 68 percent of all cars stolen in the city.

The city will also hold two events in the next week where residents can pick up steering wheel locks.

Information contributed by 247newssource.com.