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Police warning to Land Rover owners in North Yorkshire

Police warning to Land Rover owners in North Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 12th June 2020.

Police are urging Land Rover owners to be vigilant after a series of thefts and attempted thefts in North Yorkshire.  

  • Land Rover owners in Harrogate and Craven are being urged to be vigilant after a series of thefts and attempted thefts.
  • They happened over the past week.   
  • Police have issued some tips for vehicle owners.

They happened in Harrogate and Craven over the past week.

Police have issued some tips for vehicle owners.

On 4th June, a Land Rover Defender parked in Sutton-in-Craven was damaged in a suspected attempt to steal it.  Later the same day, a few minutes before midnight, at a farm near Cononley, a black Land Rover was stolen from a drive. 

Last Sunday, at a farm north of Otley, the keys to a Land Rover had were stolen from inside a property.

On Monday, sometime during the day, suspects broke into a property in the Ilkley area, and stole a large amount of jewellery. They also took the keys and registration documents for a Land Rover Defender, and other vehicles. However, the Land Rover was secured by pedal locks, and was not stolen.

On Wednesday, at about 3pm, a house was broken into in Harrogate, and property stolen. The victim's Land Rover had been parked on the drive earlier, but at the time of the burglary it was in use and not there.

North Yorkshire Police are investigating these incidents, and urging all Land Rover owners to take extra precautions.

Police officers

PC Liz Estensen, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"We are investigating these incidents, including whether they are linked. It is possible that thieves are deliberately targeting properties with Land Rovers parked outside. For that reason, it's really important that all Land Rover owners, and especially those living in rural areas, take extra precautions to secure their vehicles."

Owners of Land Rovers in North Yorkshire 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
  • Review your home and business premises security - consider CCTV, gates etc.

Between 2016 and 2018, 20 Land Rovers were reported stolen from the North Yorkshire Police area. It is believed the desirability of, and demand for, these vehicles makes them particularly attractive to thieves.