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Land Rover owners urged to boost vehicle security

Posted on 25th February 2015

Land Rover owners in the Chesterfield Division are being encouraged to take extra steps to secure their vehicles following recent incidents.

Overnight between 6pm on Sunday, February 22 and 8.30am on Monday, February 23, offenders stole a silver coloured Land Rover Discovery from outside a property on Lime Green Grove in Arkwright.

Thieves removed side doors, rear door and the bonnet from a silver coloured Land Rover Discovery that was parked on the driveway of a property on Tinkley Lane in Alton.

The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 11pm on Monday, February 23 and 7am on Tuesday, February 24.

Following the incidents, police are asking vehicle owners to remain vigilant and to promptly report anyone who is seen to be acting suspiciously around unattended vehicles so that officers can stop a crime from happening.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “I would encourage all Land Rover owners to park their vehicles close to properties under well-lit conditions, with the alarm/immobiliser fully activated.

“Thieves will target component parts such as bonnets, doors and headlights so I would encourage owners to property mark both body panels and removable parts.

“I would also recommend that good quality anti-theft devices are fitted in order to deter criminals from targeting vehicles.”

Other crime prevention advice includes ensuring that any valuables are removed and the windows are up with the doors properly secured, before leaving the vehicle unattended.

Also ensure that sat-navs and their cradles are removed, along with wiping away any ‘sucker’ marks. Park in well-lit, overlooked areas or garage where possible, and consider using a steering lock, alarm or tracking device for added security.

To report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood promptly call police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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