Land Rover Parts Thefts - and so it starts...

JoeCivvie

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30636301

Warning over Land Rover parts thefts

Land Rover owners in County Durham have been warned to check the security of their vehicles after two incidents of thieves stripping them of parts.

In the first case, in Wolsingham early on Monday, a door and the headlights were removed from a Land Rover Defender.

Police think the thieves were disturbed as the items were left at the scene.

Later, a car at a farm in Stanhope was targeted and two doors, the bonnet and wing mirrors were taken
 
A close relative of mine is a copper down there. There is a high incidence of itinerant travellers, who engage wholeheartedly in less conventional methods of improving their income stream. He said something slightly different.
 
Nothing new round here been going on for years, only difference is they take the whole LR , although rads and intercoolers are removed often in the dead of night.....culprits are the same gents as mentioned in post 2
 

deefadog

Old-Salt
Nothing new at all been going on for years,we have a fleet of landrovers (electricity board) always having doors and bonnets nicked overnight across the fleet. The footprint of the firm is from south yorkshire north lincs right up to scottish border.
 
Mate of mine lives in Sheffield, he's had two Discos. The first had the intercooler, two front doors, the back door and the bonnet stolen - overnight. The second one was found on the back of a Polish recovery vehicle at the Ashford services on the M20.
 
As Deefadog says, it's been going on for a while, but with the end of Defender production (in the UK at least) imminent, it's on the increase. There have been a couple of threads on Autoshite and RetroRides about the subject.
 
Most stolen classics over the last 10 years have been landrovers , minis and old fords like escort mk1 and 2 .

Ready market for spares either through forums , word of mouth or ebay , and always a high demand in motorsport for minis and escorts .

I would not be surprised in landys and or parts are going abroad . A mini was crushed in the USA last week because it had a fake identity to get around there import laws . It was a last of the line mini cooper but the documents said it was a 1988 model .
Not saying it was stolen but they are investigating over 30 land rovers over there that are not what they purport to be , so i would not be surprised if a few find them selves going for export .

Im into my minis and about 2 or 3 a week are dissappearing , never to be seen again . Im betting they are stripped and the shells go to the heathens at the banger track .
 

BaldBaBoon

War Hero
I have been tasked with briefing up the local council about what is happening in regards to the " Keyless thefts " and any advice that can be given from the police etc.

I know the real reason is that a few of the local politicians and/or family have had their brand new 4x4's knicked, rather than any great move to protect the general public.

As part of the advice, I have strongly suggested to the owners of these very, very expensive vehicles. ( normally 4x4 ) that they should go back to basics and fit some good old fashioned.....

1) Metal Steering lock, that goes through the wheel...a good number of target vehicles have been stopped from being stolen like this/ alerted the owners due to the ginders noise etc....when every single inbuilt high-tech anti-theft feature was bypassed in seconds.

2) Acid Etch/ Security Etch the windows, mirrors, lights, indicators and let the world know that you have done so.

3) DO NOT rely on trackers....trackers do not work 24/7, 365 days a year. They are only activated once the company has been told that the vehicles is stolen, it could be inside a container within a couple of hours.

common sense £100,00 car and people wont spend £100 on physical secuirty.

Top Tip..never, ever give a stranger access to your modern cars interior where a full download can be done in 10 minutes, or give them your keys....

.....notice how many people get their cars handwashed inside and out, when they go shopping ?
 
I thought a lot of trackers could be jammed quite easily ? And can people start your car now with something through the diagnostic ?
I saw some Romanian on tv who had a central locking jammer , so when you walked away from your car he pressed it to stop ypour car locking , then helped himself .
 
Good advice from BaldBaBoon however most of the Defenders nicked round this way are driven by farmers who have probably left the keys under the sunvisor if only the thieves looked and have such dodgy electrics no tracker would work .....they also probably have at least 3 used syringes and needles of injecting a cow/sheep size not to mention 4 or 5 shotgun cartridges , pliers and spanners all in the centre dash by the instruments .
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30636301

Warning over Land Rover parts thefts

Land Rover owners in County Durham have been warned to check the security of their vehicles after two incidents of thieves stripping them of parts.

In the first case, in Wolsingham early on Monday, a door and the headlights were removed from a Land Rover Defender.

Police think the thieves were disturbed as the items were left at the scene.

Later, a car at a farm in Stanhope was targeted and two doors, the bonnet and wing mirrors were taken
 
Less than 30 seconds with a electric gun .

And i think a lot of stuff just gets loaded on a flatbed recovery .

It also doesnt help with people selling V5 documents on ebay , which they , the police and dvla do nothing about , despite it being illegal to not surrender it when a cars scrapped . It means someone can flog a stripped chassis with different v5 , export a stolen car etc .
It also leads to pricey classics getting pinched and ringed .
 
Yes , its a good chance its thieving fcuking gypseys or banger boys . Or eastern european gangs .Or scumbags who still live in the 70s , pinching cars and dragging them back to there lock ups .

Phew , glad i can get that out .Every car forum you say that on and someone will start crying .
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
We had trackers fitted to (all?) ambulances in Wiltshire, a small amount of foil was all that was needed to stop the signal getting through on the one fitted to the response cars, they were turned on all the time though as it was handy for control to see who was nearest to an incident/progress to incidents and hospital etc.

parking inside some ambulance stations also prevented the signal getting out
 

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