Warning to Land Rover owners after thefts rise
LAND Rover owners are urged to take extra care after an increase in thefts.
There has been a rise in the number of Land Rover Defenders being stolen after the last of the vehicles rolled off the production line last year. Thieves target the vehicles for their sought-after parts.
Rural insurer NFU Mutual latest figures show claims for Defender thefts cost £211,930 in the North West in 2016.
Officers from Cheshire Police’s rural crime team put out a warning after a spate of thefts in Macclesfield.
Keith Brightmore, from the National Farmers Union in Macclesfield, said: “NFU Mutual has identified a worrying trend of increased thefts of Land Rover Defenders and their parts which is spreading across the country, so owners are advised to improve security. And more so than Land Rovers, the theft of quad bikes has been a problem in Macclesfield and we urge people to take extra care.”
Advice to protect vehicles includes fitting an immobiliser, marking parts with a forensic solution and fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch. Report suspicious activity to police on 101.
A Land Rover Defender