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Land Rover Defender Owners ALERT

Alert message sent 07/02/2018 17:42:00

Information sent on behalf of Surrey Police

Dear Coordinator,

Please forward on to members of your watch who you feel may benefit from this information. Thank you for your continued support.

Since production of the Defender was discontinued, the model is rapidly gaining classic status and rising in value they have become more attractive to thieves.

Police are advising owners of both old and new Defenders to be extra vigilant and more security savvy following a vehicle crime in the Farnham area.


03/02/2018 00:00 - 05/02/2018 08:00       Farnham

A parked and unattended Land Rover Defender vehicle had been interfered with.

Crime Ref.    45180014183

What happened?

An unattended Land Rover Defender was targeted. The offender(s) had attempted to remove the vehicle by unscrewing the air vent on the wing to get to the bonnet cable. The side indicator and headlamp was ripped out and wires twisted together to try and create a short circuit and disconnect the horn electrical system.

What are Police doing about it?

At risk are unattended and Land Rover Defender vehicles. Police believe this to be a random attack and are appealing for any information. We are advising owners of the marque to be vigilant.

Securing your Land Rover

If possible keep your Land Rover parked in a garage or a secure area which is well lit. Remove all items of value, never leave keys in the ignition and keep keys out of sight at home and when out in public areas. Take photos of any modifications, additional parts or unusual features which could aid identification of the vehicle if stolen.

Seek further security advice from the various Land Rover Clubs and Forums available to owners.

Did you hear or see anything? If you have any information the please contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting a Crime Ref. as above.

You can also contact CRIMESTOPPERS anonymously on 0800 555111.

Register you’re Property – on IMMMOBILISE, the national property register where you can record makes, models, serial numbers etc

Further Crime Prevention Advice can be found on the Surrey Police Web pages.

Encourage neighbours to sign up to In The Know, Surrey and Sussex for the latest crime updates, crime prevention advice and news in your area.

Please report any crimes, incidents or concerns direct to our contact centre at the time by calling 101 (in a non-emergency) or 999 if there’s an emergency (where a crime is in progress or life is in danger). You can also report non-emergency matters on-line, via the Surrey Police website.

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Phil Snow (Surrey Police, Rural Crime, Waverley)

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