12 June 2024

  • JLR is investing more than £1m in police operations to target organised crime groups responsible for vehicle thefts in the UK
  • Investment will support police operations in hotspots, as well as a new intelligence unit and increased activity at ports
  • Specialist JLR teams continue to assist police by sharing intelligence on the tactics and tools used in Range Rover theft
  • Investment is part of JLR’s action to support clients impacted by rising vehicle crime rates and the associated effects on ownership, benefiting all UK motorists
  • Continued collaboration with law enforcement delivers 49% reduction in Range Rover models discovered at UK ports*

Gaydon, UK, 12 June 2024: JLR is investing more than £1 million in support of proactive policing to tackle the organised crime groups targeting vehicles in the UK.

The commitment is part of an unprecedented security programme to support owners by tackling the issue at source.

JLR’s investment will support several police forces with additional, dedicated resources to respond to vehicle thefts in hotspots across the country, as well as a new national policing unit to gather intelligence. This will inform increased activity at the ports exploited by criminal gangs to export vehicles, including stolen Range Rover models.

Specialist officers will now also have more capacity to investigate these crimes. Pilot operations with two police forces have already resulted in stolen vehicle recoveries and arrests.

We are constantly developing our systems and security features and through our close collaboration with police, we stay ahead of any emerging methods and quickly deploy anti‑theft measures. This additional investment, coupled with our other ongoing and proactive action, shows our commitment to supporting the authorities in having a tangible impact on combating this issue in the UK.

Patrick McGillycuddy
Managing Director JLR UK

In addition to its direct support for operations against vehicle thieves, JLR is supporting UK authorities by sharing vehicle location and telematics data, that aids prosecution and vehicle recovery efforts. As part of this, JLR has trained more than 650 officers to assist the search of recovered stolen vehicles and seizure of the tools used.

Today’s announcement reflects JLR’s multifaceted strategy to tackle vehicle thefts and the impact on insurance premiums for its clients.

The latest generation of JLR vehicles is proving highly resilient to thefts: Police National Computer (PNC) data show since January 2022, only 0.2% of new Range Rover and new Range Rover Sports have been stolen, while only 0.3% of new Defenders have been affected since launch in 2020.

For clients of previous‑generation vehicles, including those out of warranty, JLR has invested £15m to update vehicle security – giving them the highest possible levels of protection.

In October 2023, JLR introduced Jaguar Insurance and Land Rover Insurance, to help new and existing owners obtain competitive cover – in particular those clients looking for Range Rover insurance. It has already provided more than 46,300 quotes, with an average quote premium of £183 per month. 

Notes to Editors

* Police data from UK ports shows the number of stolen Range Rovers discovered was down almost half ‑ 49%, in 2023, compared to 2022.


About JLR

JLR’s Reimagine strategy aims to deliver a sustainability‑rich vision of modern luxury by design.

We are transforming our business, targeting carbon net zero across our supply chain, products, and operations by 2039. We have set a roadmap to reduce emissions across our own operations and value chains by 2030 through approved, science‑based targets. Electrification is central to this strategy and before the end of the decade our Range Rover, Discovery, Defender collections will each have a pure electric model, while Jaguar will be entirely electric.

At heart we are a British company, with two design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an engine manufacturing centre, and a battery assembly centre in the UK.

We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria, and Slovakia, as well as seven technology hubs across the globe.  

Jaguar Land Rover is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors Limited, part of Tata Sons.


Further Information 

Media Enquiries:

Tracey Tompsett
JLR (UK) PR Manager

Montana Wright
JLR (UK) Senior Press Officer

Media website: uk.media.landrover.com

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