Land Rover owners in Derbyshire are being urged to be ‘extra vigilant’ following a spate of thefts.
Twelve vehicles have been stolen, with the majority taken from Chesterfield, the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales since November.
Det Insp Gemma Booth, of Chesterfield Volume Crime Team, said: “Police are advising Land Rover owners and the wider community to be extra vigilant after an increase in the theft of the vehicles.
“Don’t leave your Land Rover unattended away from your house or business for any length of time. Choose car parks which are well lit and where there is CCTV.
“Where possible park your vehicle overnight in your garage if you have one.
“Fit an alarm or immobiliser and a tracker if possible. The alarm may not be so effective in a remote location. The immobiliser should prevent them hotwiring the vehicle and the tracker will help locate the Defender if stolen.
“Block your vehicle in with other parked cars at your house or business.
“Consider purchasing a steering wheel lock and, or, wheel clamps
“Ensure that keys are not left in the vehicle or somewhere where a thief will easily find them, such as a hook on the wall, or a table in the hallway of your house.
“Consider security marking your Land Rover. Should individual parts be stolen, this will assist in later identifying any recovered property.”
n Anyone with information on the thefts can call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.