A recent series of Land Rover thefts in the Yorkshire area has shown that thieves have found a way of bypassing the vehicles' immobiliser systems. Several Defenders have been stolen from rural areas in West, South and North Yorkshire. Research into the methods used suggests that this is being replicated across the UK.
Intelligence shows that thieves visit rural areas looking for vehicles to steal, favouring Defenders in particular, but crime reduction advice and common sense should be applied to all 4x4 vehicles. Crime Reduction Officers from the Yorkshire area are urging owners to take action to make the vehicles harder to steal. They suggest that since thieves need several minutes unobserved to take the vehicles, that you shouldn't store your Defender in a quiet corner, or on the roadside where it can't be seen from the house. A well-lit yard or drive next to the house where a thief cannot operate unobserved is ideal. Locking the vehicle in an alarmed barn, shed or garage is even better. Farmers may even want to block their Defenders in with plant or machinery.
Inspector Dave Barnett of West Yorkshire Police urged Land Rover Owner readers to take precautions saying, 'Consider fitting an aftermarket immobiliser system and a steering wheel cover lock, like a Disklok, as these will make it harder for thieves to take your Land Rover.'
He added, 'The Yorkshire and Humber region's police forces are working together to deny criminals the use of the road, and have had several recent successes based on joint overnight operations, but we still need owners to make it harder for the thieves to get away with it.'