Thefts of Land Rover Defenders are on the rise as the model and its parts become in higher demand worldwide.
With the model having ceased production in January last year, appetite and values for the popular off-roader are soaring, according to a number of police authorities which are warning owners to take precautions.
Andy Barr, head of police liaison at car-tracking firm Tracker said: “We have seen an increase in Defender thefts recently. We think it’s due to a lack in availability of the vehicle.
“They are often exported fully assembled or as parts - and these sorts of vehicles can be disassembled very quickly.”
He added: “A lot of these thieves are in organised gangs who are stealing Defenders to order.”
West Yorkshire Police is the latest authority to report a rise in stolen Defenders, confirming that 530 had been taken in the area in the last five years. Last year, 120 were taken. Of that 530, just 139 have been recovered.