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Security warning for Land Rover owners

Security warning for Land Rover owners

Published at 2:45pm 14th January 2016. (Updated at 3:08pm 14th January 2016)

Police are investigating a spate of Land Rover thefts across North Yorkshire.

Thieves have been targeting Defender models, particularly in rural areas.

Officers are urging owners to keep their vehicles as secure as possible and members of the public are being asked to report any suspicious activity.

Sergeant Nick Hill, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "It appears an organised group of criminals is specifically targeting this make and model of vehicle. Of greatest concern to us is that it is evident these thieves have knowledge of this particular vehicle's factory-fitted security and electrical systems.

"Land Rovers should always be locked and alarmed, and owners should consider fitting an after-market approved immobiliser. Park in a locked garage or other secure area if you have one, or in a well-lit open space or where there is passive lighting. Don't leave keys in the ignition or near the front door at home and be vigilant when in your vehicle for anyone taking an interest in it.

"Consider fitting a transponder-based security marking system and tracker device, and etching all windows with your vehicle identification number."

Anyone with information about the theft of a Land Rover is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.