Community police teams across the Humberside Police force area have been made aware of recent thefts of Land Rover Defenders.
Rural Task Force officers have now issued a warning to Land Rover owners to be on their guard and offered some good advice to thwart thieves.
These all-terrain vehicles are essential for farming work, but they are also popular with people outside the farming community, and theft of machinery and vehicles can have a severe impact on owners.
A police spokesman said: “While there is no guaranteed way to prevent vehicle theft, there are some measures people can take to make Land Rovers less likely to be targeted by thieves.”
Tips to avoid being a victim include:
○ Don’t make it easy for thieves: Make sure you lock your doors whenever you leave it.
○ Never leave the keys in the ignition, no matter how remote a place you are in.
○ Keep your car registration documents at home.
○ Consider installing an isolator, a steering lock and/or a pedal claw.
○ Consider investing in a tracking device.
○ Try not to leave Land Rovers in a field or isolated place for a prolonged period.
○ Avoid locations where your vehicle will be hidden from general view, such as behind hedges.
○ If leaving the vehicle parked, leave the wheels at an angle. It might not prevent a theft, but it makes it difficult for a criminal to tow away.
The spokesman continued: “We take all reports of this nature seriously. If your vehicle is stolen, or you have information regarding a vehicle theft, please contact us on our non-emergency number 101, or speak with your local officers. Always call 999 in an emergency.”