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Thefts of Land Rover Defenders in UK increased 75%

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Staff writer ▼ | May 2, 2016
New statistics from insurer NFU Mutual reveal that thefts of Land Rover Defenders have increased by 75%, according to Fleet News.
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Criminals   Police forces across the UK are reporting a rise in thefts
It believes that thieves are targeting rural areas to steal vehicles, which ceased production in January, leading to a significant rise in demand for the car and its parts.

Police forces across the UK are also reporting a rise in thefts, with many fearing that criminal gangs with links to the US and Eastern Europe are targeting owners.

Leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual, is urging owners of Land Rover Defenders to increase security measures and be vigilant to thieves to reduce the risk of their vehicles, or parts of their vehicles, being stolen.

Latest figures from the insurer reveal that claims costs for theft of Defender vehicles rose to £1.8 million in 2015, an increase of 8% since 2014.

The region with the highest cost of Land Rover Defender thefts last year was the North East, followed by the Midlands, South East, East and the South West.

Land Rover Defender owners are being advised to improve their security by investing in several layers of protection, including trackers, alarms and steering-wheel locks.

NFU Mutual is also advising owners to mark components with paint and to keep vehicles locked up or parked in well-lit areas. Following this advice, it says will substantially increase the chances of these classic 4x4s being located and recovered.