Police in Bromsgrove have issued a warning to the owners of Land Rover Defenders after several were targeted by thieves. Two were stolen on December 29.
In one incident at the Lickey Hills Country Park, a bonnet was unscrewed and stolen from a Defender Land Rover, which was parked outside the Visitors Centre at around 3.20pm.
A blue Land Rover 90 Defender, registration C384 LUJ, was also reported stolen from a locked compound in Pikes Pool Lane, Burcot. It was taken between 10am on December 28, and 6.30pm on December 29.
Overnight between December 16-17, an unsuccessful attempt was made to steal a Land Rover Defender from a driveway in Old Birmingham Road.
Sergeant Carl Paskin said patrols were now paying special attention to Land Rover Defenders, and local dealers were being requested to warn their customers. He said owners needed to ensure their vehicles were secure.
Sgt Paskin said, 'We had a spike in these thefts during the summer when all types of Defenders were targeted but these latest incidents have involved mainly older models. We would urge owners of Land Rovers, and Defenders in particular, to be extra vigilant and note any suspicious activity around their vehicles such as people hanging around or driving past slowly. They should ensure vehicles are secure and emptied of property when unattended, and that immobilisers and other security devices are activated.'
Anyone with information about the recent thefts should call Sergeant Paskin on 0300 333 3000, quoting the reference 431-S-291210, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111