As we are all sadly aware by now, the Land Rover Defender was discontinued at the end of 2015 after over 65 years dominating the 4x4 market.
Although there will be an updated range of Defender models coming in the near future, the traditional Defender as we know it has sadly reached the end of the road.
As a result the Land Rover Defender is now considered a modern day classic.
However, an unfortunate consequence of this accolade is the alarming and sudden escalation in Land Rover Defender thefts.
Recent reports are claiming that the increase in theft has escalated by as much as 75% this year!
Concerned owners are now rushing to upgrade their vehicle security and car tracking devices to avoid the increasing likelihood of this inconvenience and heartache.
In this article we will quickly run through the instant benefits that come from protecting your Defender with a car tracker, as well as a few extra security enhancements you can make.
CAR TRACKER OPTIONS
Trackershop's range of GPS trackers allow you to protect your vehicles and monitor them from your own private mapping panel. You can even view your tracker from the palm of your hand through our free mapping app.
You can monitor your tracker in real time, as well as view its full history. This will show any address, street, location that it has visited at any point.
You cab also set up movement alerts and safety zones to monitor any unauthorised use or movement.
Safety zones in particular are invaluable security feature, as they allow you to set up a virtual fence around any location where you are keeping your vehicle. If your Land Rover leaves this area you receive an instant alert straight to your phone!
If your Defender has in fact been stolen, you will be able to track its movements directly from your mapping panel!
There are 2 main car tracking device options for your Land Rover security.
MAGNETIC GPS CAR TRACKER
As the industry leaders, Trackershop have developed a comprehensive range of magnetic GPS trackers to cover any and all of your needs.
No matter what size, shape, battery life is required we can provide you with a device that will attach covertly underneath any vehicle, trailer, caravan or expensive asset.
The benefit of using a tracking device in this way is that it can be hidden discreetly without needing access to the inside of the vehicle or to attach it to the vehicle's power source- as your tracker has its own long life battery.
Our range of Magnetic GPS Trackers cater to every purpose and security need.
The range of sizes and shapes means that there are plenty of places for these trackers to be hidden without detection.
HARDWIRED GPS CAR TRACKER
Our ProFleetman is perhaps the most cost effective and easy to install hardwired tracking device available. If you prefer a permanently installed tracking device then the ProFleetman is the perfect choice for personal security of your vehicle. The tracking device can be installed in minutes and arrives with you ready to start tracking straight away. The ProFleetman is supplied with everything needed to get started, including the hardwiring kit and an additional antenna to ensure the best possible GPS signal strength. Although installation is quick and simple it is always best to instruct an auto technician for this job. The ProFleetman can be installed covertly, with no indication of its presence in the vehicle at all. It also has a 7 day reserve battery built in, so should the battery become disconnected your tracker will still work. As an additional option, you can also use a Trackershop car insurance tracker. At this stage there are 2 major benefits of installing a Thatcham approved car tracker for your Land Rover.
- 1) Lower insurance premium
You may have already noticed an increase in your insurance policy for your Defender. When a car reaches the end of production they are instantly considered a rare vehicle, and are deemed limited edition. It also means parts are harder to source, and therefore more expensive. This will be reflected in the price of your insurance policy- and installing an insurance based car tracker will help bring that cost down significantly.
- 2) Theft recovery
Again, the moment a vehicle is considered rare, it instantly becomes more desirable to thieves. Of course, your insurance policy will cover theft- however as we know, a Defender is so much more than just a car. Due to their grit and longevity, many Defenders become part of the family. Heck, the Defender is even Queen Elizabeth's favourite run-around whilst out on her royal grounds! Therefore there is no replacement for your own Defender, and it's so important to keep it safe. Further to this, the dramatic surge in crime that we've already seen is only expected to increase as the Defender becomes even more rare and valuable in the months and years to come. The majority of thefts are devised through organised crime groups, and the vehicles are shipped out of the country in a worryingly short time span. When this occurs there is a tragically low recovery rate, leaving owners distraught. Any of our GPS car trackers will significantly decrease the risk of theft and improve the chance of recovery if the worst does happen. If you would like some further help in choosing the best tracker for you then please do get in contact with us here at Trackershop. Here are some additional tips to further improve the security of your Defender. 1) Engrave your vehicle registration on every window. The first thing a thief is likely to do is change the number plate on the vehicle. Replacing the windows is not as simple, making the vehicle harder to sell on to any unsuspecting punters. Still, this may not act as a fail-safe deterrent, as you may find that your pride and joy is then stripped down, and sold for its individual valuable parts. 2) Don't leave your key in the ignition. This one sounds so obvious, but it is something that many owners still do. When vehicles are used on farms or for work purposes leaving the key in the vehicle makes it more convenient for multiple drivers to share the vehicle.
Even stashing the key somewhere like on a tyre on in the spare wheel cover will be located quickly by a persistent thief.
- 3) Add an alarm. A good old fashioned alarm may be all that it takes to make a thief scarper. Especially in a built up, well lit area.
4) Keep the vehicle in a locked building. If you have a lockable garage or out-building it is worth considering this as your Defender's over night home. By carrying out the above points, and just remaining vigilant in general, should ensure that your Land Rover Defender stays with you- where it is treated with the respect it deserves. After all, if they're good enough for the Queen then theyre certainly worth defending!