Spate of Land Rover thefts in Calderdale

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Land Rover owners in Calderdale are being urged to watch out for thieves after a spate of thefts

Officers say there has been an increase in the number of vehicles being stolen, particularly in the Upper Valley area.

They believe that the Land Rovers, particularly the older models, are being targeted for spare parts.

Over the past year, there has been a rise in the number of crimes involving Defender models in Calderdale and in the theft of Discovery headlights

Detectives believe the vehicles are being targeted mainly overnight and are stepping up their patrols across Calderdale.

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Long said: “Crime levels are very low but we are noticing a crime pattern is starting to emerge.

“In rural areas these types of vehicles are obviously an important part of daily life, particularly during the winter months, and we are urging owners to take extra care.”

Their advice includes locking doors, not leaving valuables on show and, where possible, leaving the vehicle in a secure, locked garage. If your vehicle has an alarm fitted then make sure it is activated.

Owners should consider using additional security measures including steering locks and tracking devices.

Officers will be handing out crime prevention leaflets during targeted patrols and crime prevention officers will be working closely with local Land Rover groups and farmers.

Officers will also be carrying out vehicles checks in the area at night.

Detective Chief Inspector Long added: “Neighbourhood policing team officers will be out and about, keeping an eye out on suspicious activity and speaking to any Land Rover owners they meet to offer advice.

“There will be an increase in the owners of these vehicles being stopped by police.

“But we also need the public to help us by reporting suspicious activity to us and if you are offered old Land Rover parts for sale at cheap rates then let us know.”

Anyone with any concerns or anyone with any information is urged to call police on 101.