Warning issued over 4x4 thefts

Owners of Land Rover Defenders are being warned by police about keeping their vehicles safe following a spate of thefts.

The most recent was overnight between last Saturday and Sunday when a vehicle was stolen from outside a house on Ashley Close, Tansley.

The door to a Defender parked in Hope was also forced open the previous week.

Pc Bob Fox said: “This is a relatively low crime area and we want to keep it that way.

“The long production run of the Defender is a testament to its popularity among owners, especially in more rural areas, but some of the features that make it so popular are also some of the reasons that thieves will travel to the area to try and take these 4x4s.”

Police are offering Disklok steering wheel locks at a reduced price of £60 by contacting their local police station through the non-emergency number of 101.

Land Rover owners and other 4x4 drivers can also sign up to receive the details of relevant security advice and incidents by registering with the Derbyshire Constabulary community messaging service, Derbyshire Alert, at www.derbyshirealert.co.uk.