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Land Rover Defender thefts on the rise AGAIN

Land Rover Defender owners are being urged to increase security measures as thefts are on the rise.

At least four Defender thefts a week were being reported to NFU Mutual in January 2020. Although numbers fell to six a month from April to June, thefts are now approaching pre-pandemic levels.

Rebecca Davidson, NFU Mutual rural affairs specialist, said: “Land Rover Defenders continue to be a target for thieves and every week farmers and enthusiast owners are waking up to find their precious Land Rovers gone – or stripped of bonnets, doors and wings.”

“There’s a burgeoning black market for parts, with many of these beloved classics getting dismantled in driveways and farmyards, or being whisked away to chop shops.”

Davidson warned that organised criminals are scouring farmyards and country properties in search of Defenders they can steal. Series 1 Land Rovers are also in demand “due to their vintage value”.

Production of the old Land Rover Defender came to an end in 2016. A new Defender arrived in 2020.

How to secure your Defender

NFU Mutual has the following advice for securing a Land Rover Defender:

In 2016, thieves stole the doors and bonnet from a police Land Rover Defender.

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