Warn­ing to Land Rover own­ers af­ter thefts rise

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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