Spate Of Land Rover Thefts In Dorset
6:31am 20th August 2014
The police are asking Land Rover owners in Dorset to take extra care to protect their vehicles after a spate of thefts.
Six have been stolen around Wimborne and Cranborne. The vehicles were taken between the 30th June and the 15th August. As well as asking for witnesses, officers are also warning drivers to stay vigilant.
Police Sergeant Simon Perry, of Dorset Police, told Wessex FM: "I ask witnesses and anyone with information to contact the police as soon as possible.
"Please be vigilant and call us on 101 at the time you see any suspicious behaviour or call 999 if you think a crime is in progress.
"I urge anyone who has any concerns to call the police promptly - occasionally we have a missed opportunity where we have not been called until the day after a suspicious incident.
"I would like to reassure communities that we are committed to tackling rural crime and we are conducting targeted patrols in an effort to prevent crime and catch offenders."
A 19-year-old from Blandford has been arrested following an alleged theft of a Land Rover and bailed pending further enquiries.
Here are some top crime prevention tips from Dorset Police:
- Do not leave your vehicle unattended away from your house/business for any length of time. Choose car parks which are well lit and where there is CCTV.
- Where possible park your vehicle overnight in your garage if you have one.
- Fit an alarm/immobiliser and a tracker if possible. The alarm may not be so effective in a remote location. The immobiliser should prevent them 'hotwiring' the vehicle and the tracker will help locate it if it is stolen.
- Block your vehicle in with other parked cars at your house/business.
- Consider purchasing a steering wheel lock and/or wheel clamps.
- Ensure that keys are not left in the vehicle or somewhere where a thief will easily find them, such as a hook on the wall, or a table in the hallway of your house.
- Report any suspicious people or incidents to the police on 101 or 999 if there is a crime in progress.
- Consider security marking your vehicle which will assist police in later identifying any recovered property.
- Do not leave any valuables within your vehicle.
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting Action number 263172. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.