A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police has said, 'there is a ready market for parts stolen from Land Rover vehicles.' Owners of four-wheel drive vehicles in South Yorkshire are being warned by police to make sure their cars are properly secured after a three-fold rise in Land Rover thefts in the Sheffield area.
South Yorkshire Police said 45 Land Rovers were stolen between June and December 2011, compared with 16 in the same period in 2010. The vehicles were targeted as they were simple to strip for parts, and advise owners to fit tracking devices and get parts security marked.
Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, from South Yorkshire Police, said there is a ready market for cheap vehicle parts. 'They can be shipped anywhere in the UK or even across the world,' he said. Detective Chief Inspector Ali said police in South Yorkshire were working hard to tackle the problem and were working with vehicle manufacturers and retailers.
'Regular patrols are also being carried out in key areas of the city,' he added, 'However, we do need the public to help us to tackle this issue by being vigilant, following crime prevention advice and reporting any suspicious activity to the police.'
Crime Reduction Officer Dene Tinker offers the following crime prevention advice, to help reduce the chances of vehicles being stolen:
• Use a ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Thatcham’ approved full Disklok or pedal guard and use it every time you leave the vehicle especially overnight. Such devices can considerably slow down a thief who wants to make a quick get away, potentially putting them off completely.
• Consider security marking the parts of your vehicle. This can be done in several ways including DNA based property marking, laser engraving or stencil etching. To obtain further crime prevention advice please visit www.securedbydesign.com click here for Secured by Design
• The Retainagroup have a full range of anti-theft property marking stencils and a secure registration database that can be interrogated by the police to trace stolen parts back to the original owner. For more information go to www.retainagroup.com click here for Retainagroup
• A tracking device should be considered as stolen vehicles are often parked up out of sight just to see if police are tracking them. We do recover many vehicles this way. Remember thieves do not like to be caught.
• Factory fitted alarms and immobilisers can often be upgraded. I would advise owners to ensure vehicle doors and windows are secured and alarms activated when leaving the vehicle, even for a short time.
Police would encourage motorists to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or to pass on information about vehicle crime call South Yorkshire Police on 101, the non-emergency number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
More information at www.southyorks.police.uk click here for South Yorkshire Police