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.
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.
“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.”
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.