There has been a recent spike in the theft of high performance vehicles across the 3 counties, particularly Land Rover and Range Rovers.
We are therefore issuing some advice in relation to protecting your Land Rover and preventing car and vehicle theft in general.
7 SECURITY TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR LAND ROVER FROM ANY KIND OF THEFT
Installing a tracking device, steering lock or engine immobiliser, parking your Land Rover at a safe spot and always keeping your key fob protected, are all things that can help prevent your Land Rover from being stolen.
Range Rovers are some of the most stolen vehicles. The older ones, especially since they are not technologically advanced like the newer models, have low-tech security systems.
Production of the classic Defender stopped in 2016 and has been on the radar for many thieves, just like other classic models. It takes very little time for professional thieves to dismantle and salvage it for parts.
1. INSTALL A TRACKING DEVICE
Whenever a vehicle gets stolen, it does not directly go to the thief’s property; instead, it is parked elsewhere.
Thieves will not reveal their hideout location and risk getting found by the car’s tracking device.
Having a tracking device also buys you more time to get back your Land Rover in one piece. You can contact the Police and provide them with accurate information.
Tech-savvy thieves are always finding new and improved ways to steal expensive cars. Stolen cars are also shipped to a different country overseas within the next 24 hours.
A high-quality Range Rover GPS tracker provides S7 tracking systems that offer 24 hours monitoring and send distress signals to police if any theft attempt is detected. This way, you will always be one step ahead of the thief.
2. KEEP YOUR VEHICLE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES
One common mistake many people make is that they press the key fob in a direction away from the vehicle after getting out of the car and do not double-check.
This means the signal does not go to the car and the doors stay unlocked. If someone opens it in that state, even the alarm will not go off.
You can easily prevent this by just trying out the handle after you locked it to make sure it is properly locked or just wait for the lights to flash, which shows that it is now locked. A little bit of carefulness can help you a long way.
3. PARK IN A WELL-LIT SPOT
Make sure it is a public space with lots of passers-by. If you have a garage, then do not park it in the street even if you are in a hurry.
4. KEEP YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS HIDDEN
You can make sure you don’t leave any personal and expensive belongings like jackets or purses behind. Even if you leave it, at least hide it so someone can’t see them through the window.
5. A STURDY STEERING WHEEL LOCK
Whatever he does, there will be noise when trying to force these things open. The sturdier the lock, the better.
These tips also apply to electric cars. Steering wheel locks can’t be hacked by computers, making them an effective option to enhance safety.
6. CONSIDER AN IMMOBILISER
New models like the Land Rover Defender Hybrid have advanced engine immobilisers that work wirelessly through remote signals.
7. KEEP YOUR KEY FOB SAFE
This is the newest form of theft, and it is rising at a rapid rate. They use high-tech devices first to steal the signal from your key fob. These devices can catch signals up to 100 feet away; the signal is then relayed back to your car and hacked to unlock the car.
The best way to prevent this will be to keep your fob at a safe distance. If you are at home, make sure the fob is far away from the window, this makes the signal hard to relay.
You can also block the signal by storing your fob in a metal Faraday pouch. The pouch will act as a force field and prevent any signal transmission.
PREVENTING CAR AND VEHICLE THEFT - GENERAL ADVICE
1. Lock your vehicle
If your vehicle has wing mirrors that fold in automatically when locked, make sure you lock it properly. Criminal gangs are looking for vehicles like these where the wing mirrors are still out because it is clear to them that the vehicle has been left unlocked.
2. Keep the keys safe
Keyless car theft or 'relay theft' is when a device is used to fool the car into thinking the key is close by. This unlocks the car and starts the ignition.
Thieves only need to be within a few metres of your car key to capture the signal, even if it’s inside your home. This means that even if your car and home are secure, thieves can still unlock, start and steal your car.
How to protect your keyless entry car
3. Be aware of carjackers
In traffic, drive with the doors locked and when queuing leave enough space in front of your vehicle to enable you to get out of a tight spot. If your vehicle is bumped from behind, wait to pull over – somewhere safe and preferably where there are people. After all, you don’t know the person who has collided with you; they could well be hijackers. If you’re at all suspicious, consider calling the police.
If someone threatens you, it’s better to hand over the keys to the vehicle than become a victim of assault. Then call 999 as soon as possible, and ask for the police.
If your car is stolen, some modern vehicle alarm and tracker systems have the facility to isolate or shut down fuel systems, bringing the vehicle to a halt and leaving the thief high and dry.
4. Park responsibly
And if possible, always try to park in illuminated and staffed car parks.
5. Watch for illegal tow trucks
As with every report of suspicious behaviour made in good faith, we’ll never blame anyone for calling us if it proves unfounded.
Car parks with height-restricted entrances help prevent illegal tow trucks and removal vehicles.
6. Fit good in-car security locks
7. Double-check electronic locking
If unsure, lock it manually, then scan the immediate area for anyone hanging around. If a potential thief who’s watching feels they’ve been spotted, they’ll probably move off.
8. Before owning, check for cloning
Make sure you check more than one of the VINs as well as the engine numbers on the vehicle.
9. Secure your port
If your vehicle has this type of port, consider fitting a lockable cover.
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