Police are investigating a spate of older Land Rover thefts, in particular Defenders, including a vehicle stolen recently in Kidderminster. A green Land Rover Defender, registration K44 DEF, was taken from Brecknell Rise, Kidderminster, in the early hours of Friday, June 17. West Mercia Police has now launched Defend Your Defender posters to alert owners and promote crime prevention advice. It is believed the vehicles are being stripped down and the parts either sold in this country or exported.
Owners are urged to be extra vigilant and note any suspicious activity around their vehicles such as people hanging around or driving past slowly. They are also being advised to ensure immobilisers and other security devices are activated, and preferably to park the vehicle in a garage if they have one or out of sight of the road if at all possible. Witnesses or anyone with information about the stolen Land Rover are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 69-S-200611 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Police also welcome any information from people who may have noticed someone has access to different types of Land Rover Defenders or if they see an unusually large amount of these vehicles being kept somewhere in suspicious circumstances.
Meanwhile in Essex, Police arrested five people in a road safety crackdown during which a Range Rover stolen in London was recovered. Police launched Operation Nash, setting up check points in Hastingwood near Junction 7 on the M11, outside The Bell Hotel in High Road, Epping and in Chigwell Lane, Loughton and Manor Road, Chigwell. Patrol cars using ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology and motorcyclists from the Essex Police Casualty Unit intercepted vehicles and took them to the check points where they were questioned over a range of offences by police, and officers from Essex County Council's road safety unit, HM Customs and Trading Standards. A valuable Range Rover stolen in London was recovered and six cars were seized after it was discovered that the drivers were not insured. Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Manager Adam Pipe said, 'By bringing together our partner agencies and in a small area of the county we have been able to disrupt those intent on committing crime while reinforcing the clear message that we want to improve driving standards and make the county’s roads safer.'