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Stolen Land Rover recovered in 90 minutes thanks to tracker device

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 3:04pm 23rd May 2019. (Updated at 3:09pm 23rd May 2019)

Police are reminding owners of valuable vehicles about the value of installing trackers – after a stolen Land Rover was recovered in just ninety minutes.

  • Police managed to recover a stolen Land Rover in just ninety minutes due to a tracker device fitted by its owner
  • The vehicle was stolen from Eastby, near Skipton, and located near Sowerby Bridge this morning
  • Officers are urging owners of valuable cars - especially in rural areas - to consider fitting tracking devices

A Land Rover Discovery was taken in the early hours of 23 May 2019, from a property in Eastby, Skipton.

Fortunately, the owner had installed a tracker in the vehicle, and, when he reported the theft to North Yorkshire Police at 9am today, he was able to provide an area near Sowerby Bridge where the vehicle had been abandoned.

Officers contacted colleagues at West Yorkshire Police, who located the vehicle at 10.30am, and recovered it to a secure location for forensic examination.

It will then be returned to its rightful owner.

Owners of Land Rovers in North Yorkshire – particularly those living in rural areas – are being asked to follow this crime prevention advice:

  • Fit a vehicle tracking system
  • Always leave your vehicle locked and alarmed if possible
  • Park in a locked garage or other secure area if you have one, or in a well-lit open space if not
  • Consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser
  • Never leave the vehicle’s keys in the ignition, in the same outbuilding as the vehicle, or near your front door inside your home
  • Be vigilant when using your vehicle for anyone taking an interest in it
  • Have the vehicle’s windows etched with the vehicle identification number

PCSO Sally Breen, from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said:

“It’s important that anyone who owns a Land Rover – particularly if it’s parked in an unpopulated or rural area – to take extra steps to ensure it is left safe and secure.

“It’s much better to spend a bit of time and money now on improving your security than to go through the inconvenience and upset of losing your vehicle to thieves.

“Members of the public act as our eyes and ears, and so if you are aware of any suspicious activity around parked vehicles, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will take action.”

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