Owners of Land Rover Defenders are being offered reduced price security devices as part of an initiative to protect their 4x4s from theft.
The police-backed offer follows a number of reports of thefts and attempted thefts in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales over the past few months.
The most recent incident took place overnight between Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 6, when a Land Rover Defender was stolen from outside a house on Ashley Close, in Tansley.
In the High Peak, the door to a Land Rover Defender parked on Sherwood Avenue, in Hope, was forced open sometime between Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, but the vehicle was not stolen.
Now the police and local Community Safety Partnerships are encouraging owners to take some simple steps to reduce the risk of their vehicles being stolen.
PC Bob Fox, Crime Reduction Officer for the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, said: “The High Peak and Derbyshire Dales 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 4x4’s.
“We are investigating all reports and will take positive action against any offenders but I’d ask that anyone that sees suspicious behaviour around Land Rover Defenders or if they notice damage to locks or lights on these vehicles to contact us.”
Defender owners in the High Peak and Dales are being offered Disklok steering wheel locks at a reduced price and are being encouraged to follow advice to help reduce the risk of having their vehicles targeted.
The advice includes keeping vehicles in a garage whenever possible, especially overnight, by closing and locking all doors and windows every time the vehicle is left and storing car keys in a safe place, away from view.
People are also advised to consider other security measures for their Land Rover Defender.
PC Fox said: “There are many options available ranging from hidden battery or fuel isolation switches to vehicle tracking systems and driveway barriers. A good balance of convenience and security is a combination of an electronic measure, such as a Thatcham approved perimeter alarm, and a physical deterrent such as the Disklok.
“Thanks in part to funding from the local councils we’re able to offer this full steering wheel lock at a subsidised price. It’s been independently tested and we know it works.”
Land Rover owners and other 4x4 drivers can 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.
Defender owners whose vehicle is registered to an address within the High Peak or Derbyshire Dales can take advantage of the £60 DiskLok offer should contact their local police station, Safer Neighbourhood policing team or speak directly PC 773 Bob Fox at Buxton police station.
To report a crime or suspicious to Derbyshire Constabulary call 101, the non-emergency number, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.