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Land Rover Defender owners beware as thefts rocket

NFU Mutual offered its advice as claims costs for the theft of Defender vehicles rose to £760,000 in the North East.


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NFU Mutual has urged Land Rover Defender owners to increase security measures in order to reduce the risk of their vehicles, or parts of vehicles, being stolen.

 

Latest figures from the rural insurer reveal claims costs for theft of Land Rover Defender vehicles rose by 69 per cent to £760,000 from 2014 to 2015.

 

Target

 

Theft claims of the iconic vehicle cost NFU Mutual £1.8 million in 2015, an increase of 8 per cent since 2014.

 

Clive Harris, agricultural vehicle specialist at NFU Mutual said while the Defender is no longer in production, this has made them a bigger target for thieves.

 

"I urge Land Rover Defender owners to be vigilant and be on their guard. Owners should ensure they have adequate security measures in place and consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser and a tracking device if possible.

 

Security

 

“When not in use Defenders should be parked in a garage or a secure area which is well lit if possible.

 

"Never leave keys in the ignition and keep keys out of sight at home and when out in public areas; it’s essential that easy opportunities are taken away from thieves.”

 

Regions

 

Out of the five regions in England, the North East showed the highest cost of Land Rover Defender theft claims in 2015, at £760,000.

 

The South West had the lowest claim costs at £165,000.

 


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Top tips for securing your Land Rover Defender

  • Fit a mechanical immobiliser such as a Thatcham approved steering or pedal lock
  • Fit an alarm for added security and consider adding a tracking device
  • Thieves will target component parts so consider marking them using a forensic marking solution or system
  • Keep the vehicle in a lockable building or park in well-lit areas, which are overlooked
  • Have the vehicle identification number etched on windows
  • Consider fitting a hidden battery isolation or a fuel cut-off switch
  • Take photographs of unusual features, modifications, damage or repairs which could aid identification if stolen
  • Ensure any valuables are removed from the vehicle, including satnavs
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