Land Rover Defender owners in the Bromsgrove area of Worcestershire are being warned to be aware after seven of the 4x4 vehicles were taken from across the district in the last three weeks.
Recently, a Land Rover Defender was taken from Stoke Heath in early June but luckily on that occasion, the thieves could not get it started and it was recovered just a short distance from the house.
A blue Land Rover Defender, registration AO04 FKK, was taken from Upland Road, Sidemoor, two were stolen from Wythall and there have been other thefts from Morris Walk, Rutherford Road and McConnell Close.
Inspector Julian Smith said the police were paying particular attention to any Land Rover Defenders they came across because it was those vehicles, of all ages and colours, that seemed to be being targeted. Officers believe they are being stripped down, with their parts being sold here and abroad. He said, 'The number of thefts of these vehicles is unusually high for the Bromsgrove district within such a short time period, although there was a similar spike here last year.'
All the vehicles taken were done so from driveways, without the use of the owners' keys. Bromsgrove Police are advising Land Rover owners to ensure their vehicles are secure, emptied of valuables and left with any security devices, such as alarms or immobilisers, switched on.
Inspector Smith also appealed for anyone with any information on the thefts to get in touch with him, by calling 0300 333 3000. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.