Defender Crime Prevention Advice Not Scam

North Yorkshire Police

Documentation from ‘North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team’ has been doing the rounds and it should not treated as spurious. The content of the notice advises Defender owners to backup technological vehicle protection with methods such as pedal locks and steering locks.  Suspicious minds have been calling the advice fake and stating that the url within article is a typo or a scam link.

Crime Prevention Advice For Land Rover Defender Owners

“As many will be aware, Police forces across the country are having ongoing issues with the theft of Land Rover Defenders, being stolen without keys. North Yorkshire is no different to other areas, in particular some of you may have seen advice issued by our Rural Task Force following numerous thefts over the Christmas and New Year period.

On Saturday 7th January North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team encountered two persons in possession of a key coding device specific to Land Rover Defenders, secreted within their vehicle, on the West Yorkshire/North Yorkshire border. The device would allow thieves, who have gained entry to a pre 2012 Defender, to code a new key for the vehicle without sounding the alarm and then drive away. It is not unfeasible that the first sound made by the offenders would be the vehicle being started and driven away.

We would like to advise owners of ALL Land Rover Defenders to go back-to-basics in terms of protection their vehicle from theft, by urging them to invest in a category 3 Thatcham approved mechanical immobiliser such as Disklock, Pedalbox or Stoplock, found on the following list

http://ww2.thatcham.org/standards/index.jsp?page+952&vehicleType=1&posted=7

It is no longer a case of parking your vehicle, locking it and putting the keys in your house, as this can be easily overcome. Whether we like it or not, thieves see Defenders as an easy target, so it’s time to act, make it difficult, prevent thieves from physically driving away in YOUR Defender. No one wants to wake up to an empty driveway…

Kind Regards
North Yorkshire Police Road Crime Team”

The website URL looks to be a typo, but it does go to a site which looks is owned by Thatcham, they have the same Google Analytic code ‘UA-6906156’
The ww2 part of the code is most likely part of the load balancing for the servers, a scan of both urls reveals that both websites are using the same server.

Web Server Details

Scan for: http://ww2.thatcham.org
Hostname: ww2.thatcham.org
IP address: 5.79.22.156 

Web Server Details

Scan for: http://www.thatcham.org
Hostname: www.thatcham.org
IP address: 5.79.22.134

I hope this puts minds at rest and will put a stop to the rumors going around that this is some sort of elaborate scam to steal your Land Rovers… Take not of the advice and remember the more anti theft devices you have, the more secure your vehicle will be.

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