Cheshire police is warning Defender owners to be vigilant after a number of thefts across Runcorn, Warrington, Macclesfield and Wilmslow. Eight Land Rovers have been stolen from Wilmsow and Macclesfield since the beginning of December while Warrington and Runcorn had two Land Rover Defenders stolen during the same period.
While officers are making stop checks on Land Rovers to ensure they belong to the driver and the thefts are being investigated, police are urging people to take basic crime prevention steps. PC Mike Dawber who specialises in rural crime said, 'We would urge those with Land Rovers to keep their vehicles behind locked farm gates at night. Security lights and CCTV is also advisable to provide a deterrent to would-be thieves.'
He added, 'Most of the old-style vehicles have been stolen without keys, so, as a precaution, it is worth investing in the old-style ‘crook lock' or ‘steering wheel anti-theft bar’ to improve vehicle security.'
On the subject of where the stolen Defenders go PC Dawber cautioned, 'Those tempted to buy nearly new Land Rover parts at knock down prices should be wary, especially if it's on a ‘no questions asked’ basis. Simply refusing to buy the parts will help to reduce demand, and in turn, thefts.'
Anyone with information should contact PC Mike Dawber on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.