ASHBOURNE’S Land Rover owners are being offered free security marking kits for their Defender models as part of a police campaign to cut thefts of the off-road vehicles.
Derbyshire Police are offering the kits free for anyone that can get to a session at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell on Monday and it follows two successful sessions over the last fortnight.
The kit includes a clear liquid painted onto several high-value parts of Land Rovers and the owners’ details stored on a confidential database.
If a Land Rover is stolen or parts are stripped from it and later recovered, a unique code hidden in the liquid can be retrieved and matched on the database.
PCSO Jonathan Taylor, who will be at the session on Monday, said: “The response at the first security marking day was pleasing but we now want more Land Rover Defender owners to take advantage of the free kit.
“We have a low crime rate in our area but when vehicle crime does occur, Land Rover Defenders can be targeted because they have high-value parts that can be stripped off.
“Marking those parts is a quick way to add an extra level of security to your vehicle that can help protect it from theft.” To qualify for a free security marking kit, Land Rover owners must live in the Derbyshire Dales or High Peak area.
They must also take their vehicle’s V5 document to prove ownership and be able to show they live in the Dales or High Peak.
To find out more call PCSO Taylor at Bakewell police station on 101.