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Land Rover Defender thefts soar

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 at 15:45:00 UTC


Al Suttie

Defender thefts increase by 34% in 12 months

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Thefts of Land Rover Defenders have increased by 34% between 2021 and 2022.

Figures from NFU Mutual show thieves are targeting these Land Rovers as they are easy to steal and there is a ready market for used parts.

Rebecca Davidson, Rural Affairs Specialist at NFU Mutual, said: ‘With older models retaining their vintage value and newer used cars soaring in price, thieves are scouring the countryside for Land Rovers, as well as dismantling them for parts.

‘We know that when prices go up, thieves are quick to cash in and the decrease in rural theft that we saw over lockdown is well and truly over.’

DC Chris Piggott, of the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, said: ‘We are particularly concerned that the older Land Rover Defender models, the workhorses which are so important to many people’s everyday activity, are at risk because of a lack of modern security systems.

‘Owners should therefore fortify their vehicles as much as possible, using a combination of measures such as immobilisers, tracking devices and pedal and steering wheel locks.

‘It’s also common to see vehicles stripped for parts in situ, but good site security and simple, cost effective measures can make life difficult enough for thieves for them to abandon their attempts.’

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