Land Rover theft – don’t become another statistic!
Whether your Land Rover has been in the family for years or is a new addition, being the victim of vehicle theft can be devastating.
Unfortunately this is becoming all too common as 4×4 values soar. There are a number of ways we can help reduce the chance and here at Sureterm Direct, we’ve created a list of helpful hints and tips that may help.
- Lock your vehicle
Sounds obvious doesn’t it, but it is surprising how often this is overlooked. If your vehicle is left unattended, no matter how small the trip, always lock your doors. An unlocked 4×4 is an invitation to a would-be thief so let’s not make it easy for them. Windows open?
- Don’t leave anything visible
Contents theft from a vehicle is opportunistic, so making sure nothing is left on display will help reduce the chance of your vehicle being targeted; the best deterrent is to lock your belongings in the rear or your storage box, when your classic is left unattended.
- Think about where you leave your car
When your Land Rover is at your home address and you’ve declared a garage to your insurer, make sure it is stored there overnight. If you are away from home no one expects you to have access to a garage but take a second to think about where you park your vehicle. Leaving it in a dimly lit area will encourage car thieves, so look for a well-lit area or one that has CCTV.
- Fit a security device
There are numerous security vehicle devices available, from crook locks and engine immobilisers to alarms and tracking devices. The latter is a very effective way of securing your vehicle and whilst it won’t prevent your vehicle being stolen, it has the highest recovery rate of any device on the market. You can even purchase tracking devices that are both inexpensive and won’t require your classic to be changed cosmetically or structurally to accommodate them.
- Think about your social media activity
Social media is brilliant for finding out information about events, sourcing hints, tips and advice as well as connecting with other enthusiasts. However there can be a downside, with many people sharing their whereabouts on a regular basis. Whilst there is nothing wrong with for instance, sharing when you’re on holiday, it does let would-be car thieves know that our vehicles are unattended. To reduce the risk, think about who can see it and if necessary check your privacy settings so that only trusted friends can see your posts.
- Declare your modifications
For some, no 4×4 would be complete without a long list of modifications. Whether it is cosmetic upgrades, such as chequer plating or spot lights or a full-blown off-roader with raised suspension, bob-tail and winches, we love them all. Specialist 4×4 insurers’ love modified off-roaders and in some cases won’t offer a quote unless they have been ‘tinkered with’! Imagine if your vehicle is stolen and you hadn’t informed your insurer of the new £600 winch that had been fitted! Make sure you declare all of your modifications to your insure to ensure you are covered and insured for the right amount.
- Join a Land Rover theft watch group
It’s an unfortunate sign of the times that so many Land Rovers are stolen but as a community we are stronger. Joining a theft watch group is a great way to help a distressed owner try and find his or her stolen 4×4. If a Land Rover is stolen, the details are shared amongst the group to raise awareness in the hope someone may spot it on their travels.
- Be aware
The selling of 2nd hand Land Rover parts is a very lucrative business and some 4×4’s are stolen purely for this purpose. Next time you go to an Auto jumble, take an extra minute to examine the parts you are purchasing as there’s a possibility they may have been stripped from a stolen 4×4.
- Agreed Value
Whilst this will not protect or prevent your vehicle from being stolen, it is vital that your classic is insured for its true value. The classic car market is very buoyant at present, with many owners finding that their prized possession is under insured. When purchasing an insurance policy, make sure it includes an Agreed Value so that, should the unthinkable happen, you’re not left out of pocket.
To make sure your Land Rover has the correct level of cover and insured for its true value, please contact us on 0800 988 9515.