This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask Andrew Varrall about an effective way to deter thieves while keeping his original Land Rover 90 door handles.
I know that the standard ‘short barrel’ door locks on my 1987 Ninety can be opened easily enough using an assortment of implements, but is there an effective way of deterring thieves? Owners on the forums seem to cut holes in the doors and use padlocks, but I’d prefer to keep the lock in the handle.
Will McEnaney, Cramlington, Northumberland
The neatest alternative to a hasp and padlock on each door is probably a lock such as the Thule van door lock. They’re expensive, but a lot cheaper than losing your vehicle. I prefer to increase security by using visible deterrents inside the vehicle.
These include steering wheel security covers, pedal locks, gearstick locks, high-quality lockable cubby boxes and tracking devices. But even high-quality immobilisers can be bypassed in seconds on a pre-Td5 or EFi vehicle like yours. The best option is something with a loud alarm that slows the thief down. Hopefully, you’d then get to the Land Rover before the thief takes it!
This workshop advice appeared in the February 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.