Skytag success as stolen Land Rover Defender 110 is recovered in less than an hour
Our partner Skytag has had a very successful week, returning a stolen vehicle to its owners. The proven, comprehensive vehicle location device was used by Police in Yorkshire to recover a Land Rover Defender 110 in under an hour.
It’s safe to say since production of the Land Rover Defender came to a halt this year; they’ve become even more desirable. Unfortunately this has meant they’ve become more of a target for criminals.
Dr Ken German, former Stolen Vehicle Squad boss at the Met, spoke with Classic Weekly this week saying ‘Land Rover Defender thefts are up by a staggering 75% on last year across the UK’.
Spend an afternoon on a Land Rover forum or Facebook group and you’d have to agree. With regular posts about someone’s pride and joy being stolen, many owners call to the 4×4 community to help find their vehicle. Unfortunately more often than not these vehicles aren’t returned to their rightful owners. Many are shipped overseas or stripped for parts before Police have a chance to find them.
Despite many Land Rover owners fitting their vehicles with custom security hacks and devices it seems that the criminals are always one step ahead. It can feel like it’s a never ending battle.
This is where vehicle trackers can be an essential additional to your vehicle security. You may not be able to prevent your Land Rover from being stolen but at least if it is taken you can recover you’re vehicle and it’s not lost forever.
Skytag offer a proven and comprehensive vehicle tracking device that can locate your Land Rover within metres, anywhere in the world. The Skytag GPS tracker uses a monitoring system which provides Police direct access to real time location data. This greatly speeds up the recovery process, with their fastest, record breaking recovery time being 11mins.
Guy Topsom from Skytag tells us ‘the majority of the time when the Police recover a vehicle, it’s abandoned in a car park somewhere under a cover. The thieves are waiting to see if it has a tracker and if it’s going to be picked up by the police – so usually recoveries are pretty drama free!’
It was a different story last week though, when a Land Rover Defender 110 was stolen in Yorkshire. The owner was alerted by Skytag Nightsafe alert and after a short 20 min Police chase the driver, who couldn’t outrun the Police Office, was arrested. The Land Rover was then returned to the rightful owner, all within 37mins of the alerting the Police.
Skytag GPS Trackers have an RRP of £250 for the unit and annual tracking subscription fees from £79.95 a year. Heritage Classic Car Insurance works in partnership with Skytag, offering our new and existing custom a free tracker unit. You can claim your free Skytag track here or to find out more about Skytag click here.