Derbyshire: Police are advising Land Rover owners to be extra vigilant after an attempted theft of a Land Rover Defender from Culland Lane in Brailsford, Ashbourne. Overnight, the offenders unhooked the trailer attached to the vehicle, moved the vehicle approximately eight feet and left the driver and passenger doors open. The offenders may have been disturbed and abandoned the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101 – quoting crime number ‘46751/12’.
North Yorkshire: Following the theft of one Land Rover Defender and the attempted theft of another in the York area, Police have urged owners of similar vehicles to be on their guard against thieves. An N-reg Land Rover Defender was stolen from a property in Haxby near York and then used in a suspicious incident at a property in Rawcliffe where officers believe the suspects were targeting another Land Rover. The stolen vehicle was later found abandoned in Foss Way. PC Andrew Muir of York Police said, 'The circumstances of these incidents, suggest that Defenders are being specifically targeted by thieves and we urge owners to be on their guard and ensure they have adequate security measures in place. In fact, our advice applies to all owners of all types of vehicles. Make sure you use your garage if you have one and review its security. Clear it out, if it’s full of stuff and use it for its original purpose. If you don’t have a garage, secure the vehicle as much as possible, park in well lit areas, make sure you lock it at night and remove all valuables. Set the alarm if you have one and use other locking devices. A Thatcham approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles. Please also ensure you hide the keys to your vehicle when it’s not in use. Don’t leave them in easy to see and easy to reach places where a thief can break into your home to steal the keys.'
In a previous incident, a customised Land Rover was stolen last month from Catterick Garrison, it has not yet been found. Anyone who has any information about this type of crime is urged to contact the police on 101, or pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Northumberland: Thieves broke into a farmhouse and drove off in a Land Rover after stealing keys to the car from a farm house in Longwitton, Morpeth, and thieves helped themselves to car keys and stole a black Land Rover Defender, registration N14 SAR. Morpeth Inspector Dave Simpson said, 'I would ask anyone with any information or who has seen this vehicle to contact police. I’d also ask motorists to help us make life as difficult as possible for criminals by taking a few simple crime prevention measures. Make sure you lock your car at all times, even if just leaving it for a few minutes. When in the house, put your car keys somewhere safe and secure, out of sight, not in coat pockets, kitchen counter tops or hallway stands for example.'
Anyone with information should call police on 101 ext 69191.
More information on vehicle security is available from the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 550 2006 or the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264 687