Spate of Land Rover thefts in Radlett
PUBLISHED: 12:20 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:20 03 June 2016
Five Land Rovers have been stolen from the same area in just one month.
Crime prevention advice
• Never hand vehicle keys over to a third party or leave the vehicle unattended at a valet parking, car wash or other parking places, where criminals can gain access to the vehicle and code a key electronically.
• Consider fitting an ‘OBD safe’ device, a secure lockable device that fits over the vehicle’s on board diagnostic port, in the vehicle cabin. This prevents criminals using software to code a key from the vehicle. Devices that are Thatcham approved can be obtained from www.tieronevehiclesolutions.com.
• If your vehicle has a keyless entry system ensure you place the vehicle tablet key in your home address, as far away from the vehicle as possible, ideally place the key in a metal box.
• Consider fitting a dual band tracking device that works on VHF/UHF and GPS, to ensure that one tracking system is still functioning if criminals use GPS blocking techniques to avoid detection. Devices approved by Thatcham and Secured by Design help to combat this type of vehicle theft, as vehicles equipped with a tracking device are often promptly recovered.
• Criminals can also employ remote/keyless entry jamming equipment so make sure your car is locked by trying the door before leaving it.
• Ensure that ‘home’ on your vehicle’s sat nav is shown as the post code of your local police station and not your actual home address.
• If advertising your vehicle for sale online, ensure that the registration number is not displayed when photographed to avoid cloning of its identity.
A number of addresses in Radlett were targeted by the thieves, who stole four Land Rover Range Rovers and one Land Rover Discovery keyless start.
The first two 4x4s were taken between May 9 and 10 from Harris Lane between 8pm and 7am and Juniper Gardens between 8.45pm and 8am.
A further two were stolen between May 16 and 17 from London Road between 9pm and 8am and Mulberry Gardens between 7pm and 6am.
The final vehicle was taken between 10.30pm and 9.40am on May 30 in London Road.
Hertsmere Detective Inspector Matt Phillips said: “These thefts may have been carried out by either cloning the security fob or employing electronic jamming or hacking equipment.
“Whilst we are doing everything we can to track down the people responsible, we also need the public’s help.
“Have you seen anyone acting strangely around Land Rovers? Have you been offered a Land Rover for sale? Have you heard anyone bragging about stealing them? Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant may help.”
A spokeswoman for Herts Police said they are increasing covert and overt patrols in the area to prevent and detect further offences.
If you have any information on these thefts, please contact the police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through a secure online form here.