A campaign to help Defender owners protect their Land Rovers has been launched by Police forces all around the country after a spate of thefts of the iconic vehicles.
The sudden rise in thefts of Land Rover Defenders has been attributed to the popularity of the vehicle, the sudden price hike since production ceased and the ease of breaking the vehicles for the parts which has led to the ‘Defend Your Defender’ initiative being launched by the police.
Police state that many of the vehicles are shipped abroad either complete or stripped and sold for spare parts.
Officers said motorists could reduce the risk of their pride and joy being stolen by taking a few simple steps.
How to ‘Defender your Defender’
Park your Defender out of sight, for example in a garage is ideal, however if you have to park on the drive, it is suggested they are covered by security lighting and CCTV.
Use a forensic security marking kit for vehicle parts.
Fit a tracker system.
Install a hidden battery isolation or cut-off switch.
Use high visibility signs to deter thieves.
Photograph any unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if the vehicle is ever stolen.
Layer security, the more layers of security that you install the more deterred a thief may be.
Anyone with any information on any Land Rover Defender thefts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.