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Announcements / Re: Re: Letter to the Home Secretary
« on: May 17, 2011, 08:58:58 PM »
Oh yeah I knew that they are all over the uk and from previous posts,

I was thinking more on the lines of admin's letter, and olli's remark about assistance sort of stuff.

do you just say I'm a member of landywatch when ordering,
 and are we going with membership number or anything we want.

I will put a post up when mine arrive with pictures and stuff. Basically they are going to sequentially number them for us, so everyone will have a unique number.

Announcements / Re: Letter to the Home Secretary
« on: May 17, 2011, 01:55:48 PM »
Rob, we have the the air support units all over the U.K. this is one reason I mentioned the roof markings (post code type) so if a lanny is spoted out of area it could be checked out by them, ie Newcastle in wales.

Over the next few days I am hoping to receive my vehicle roof markings from SkyTag.
They are going to be LW numbers, for example I will be LW1. That way, when the police ask if there is anything distinctive about the vehicle, they can be advised it has a unique number on the roof. Also the database is accessable by the police, so if they spot a truck from the air they can find out who owns it.
We have arranged a discount with them, so you get a fiver off the price making it 25.

West Midlands / Re: Winterised 110 Stolen 16.05.11
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:07:08 AM »

My beloved landy was stolen yesterday from Chester Road Cradley Heath West Midlands sometime between 07.15 and 16.35. 

Attached are photos of my beloved landy that I've only had for 3 weeks.

Hi Ange and very sorry to hear of your loss.

As you have only had it for 3 weeks, could it possibly be a dodgy seller that has either kept a key, had a key copied or told someone where the vehicle will be?

Did you have any additional security such as a steering lock on the vehicle?

We will all keep a look out for your truck, looks like a nice vehicle and such a shame if it was to end up being stripped down and sold for parts.

Announcements / Re: Letter to the Home Secretary
« on: May 17, 2011, 11:04:12 AM »
Any sort of reply will be useful, even if it is just acknowledgement, we can keep mentioning it and bugging them until something constructive gets done. I would go to the local police station but they closed it last month... stupid cuts... anyway what would be good is if the email gets sent to the police coordinator for the vehicle theft department. they need all the help they can get and even better if it is gratis. with little money around Im sure they will give it some thought

I even thought of something that we could provide a service to the police in some way.
Obviously the police are mostly not land rover experts, and would not know the things to look out for in a dodgy vehicle, so as we are all over the country, the police could request our help and I am sure one of our members locally would be able to offer assistance.

Announcements / Re: Letter to the Home Secretary
« on: May 17, 2011, 12:50:21 AM »
Will post the reply when I get it. Haven't got much faith bit would like to be proven wrong...

Announcements / Letter to the Home Secretary
« on: May 16, 2011, 11:27:26 AM »
Please see below a letter I have sent to the Home Secretary today.

Dear Theresa,

I own a Land Rover Defender, and ever since I purchased her, I have had the constant worry of her being stolen and chopped up and sold for parts.

As you may be aware, the theft of Land Rovers, particularly Defenders is a growing problem. Last year over 1250 were stolen with only about 20% recovered, compared to a 50% recovery rate for cars in general.

A Land Rover isn't simply a means of getting from A to B, but is a lifestyle and a hobby for many of us. A lot of time and effort, and money, goes into our vehicles and to see them stolen is very sad indeed.

So I decided to try and do something about the theft of Land Rovers, and set up a Neighbourhood Watch type scheme for Land Rover owners to help combat the thefts of our vehicles.
The scheme is completely free to join, and allows us to post details of stolen vehicles, with pictures and information so that other members can be on the look out for the vehicle.
It is called LandyWatch, and the web address is

Land Rover Ownership is like a big community, when we pass each other on the road, we wave, so we are always looking for other Land Rovers on the road, and one being driven suspiciously, or by someone who isn't recognised as the owner of the vehicle pricks our attention. Having a way where we can post details of the stolen vehicles gives us more of a chance of being able to track down a vehicle if it is stolen.

We are developing a mapping system whereby stolen vehicles can be posted and viewed on a map, as well as the location of recovery of the vehicle and suspicious activity, it should allow us to recognise trends in the thefts in an attempt to combat them.
We have gained links with a company called SkyTag who produces the numbers for the roof of vehicles that are usually seen on top of lorries (and police cars) so they can be spotted from the air, we are producing window stickers with our logo that is similar to the instantly recognisable neighbourhood watch logo for our members vehicles.

We would like to get some sort of contact with the police to get help where needed, but with there being so many separate forces in the UK, getting a contact within all the police forces is going to be very difficult, so it was suggested to me that I should contact the Home Secretary to see if you can help set anything up nationwide.

We also keep an eye on eBay and other on-line car sale websites, but when we spot a suspicious vehicle being sold, it is difficult to get this reported to the police, as in the past our members have been told by the police to report it to eBay, but eBay tells us to report it to the police, so having someone to contact would be a great help.

If you could give us any advice on how to set up contacts within the police that would be excellent, as I am sure that if you can help us, we can certainly help you in combating the theft of these vehicles.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Announcements / Re: Re: Flyers and Posters
« on: May 15, 2011, 09:23:42 PM »
Was at Rougham 4x4 Show today must of given out about 8 flyers
and was talking to a a guy at a company I've put the  info put on the Preview page I think.

Nice one mate.

Announcements / Re: Re: Flyers and Posters
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:47:22 PM »
Rob, I can't print all of it off, it only shows the two "LANDY WATCH" green bits, what am I doing wrong ?????

Mine or Robs?

Edit, should have read it properly the first time...

Announcements / Re: Flyers and Posters
« on: May 11, 2011, 03:25:51 PM »
What do you think?

Announcements / Flyers and Posters
« on: May 11, 2011, 01:34:20 PM »
If anyone is going to a show or event, or would like to hand out some of our Flyers at any 4x4 club meetings, they are attached.

Poster is A4 size and flyers are 2 per page.

Announcements / Re: Re: We are in 4x4 Magazine!
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:59:00 AM »
Great write up.   ;D Tbh i didnt expect that much... just a few lines.   :) Might make for an increase in members too.   :)

I know. Handed out loads of flyers at driffield and spoke with the police at length about setting up police contact. There was an officer from the a land rover theft team who took my details and use going to get in touch with me to discuss further. She mentioned a way we may be able to get police contacts could be to utilise the 4x4 response networks national police contacts that they already have.
Not sure where the article came from but very pleased with it!

Announcements / We are in 4x4 Magazine!
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:09:26 AM »
I was surprised at Driffield when I was speaking to a member of the 4x4 response network that they had read about LandyWatch the evening before. He kindly pulled out this months issue of 4x4 Magazine and there is a section on LandyWatch.

I have uploaded a photo of the page for you to have a look at. Was a good write up.

London / Re: Disco 1, 1991, 5 door, firefox red
« on: May 02, 2011, 10:19:45 PM »
You got any photos?

Announcements / Re: Anyone able to make us a flyer for Driffield?
« on: April 30, 2011, 08:02:49 AM »
Nice one Rob!

Announcements / Re: Anyone able to make us a flyer for Driffield?
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:19:21 PM »
I'll see what I can do on the PC tonight as it a better PC than this one
and if you want I'm helping at the Suffolk 4x4 show at Rougham Airfield 14 & 15 may i'll print some out aswell and distrabute them there.

Nice one mate, that would be great. I have a laser printer so can print them and cut them up no problem, its just my design skills leave a lot to be desired...

If you could mention the mapping system that will allow us to track where vehicles are being stolen, where they are recovered etc, mention the skytag roof markings if you can, and if anyone has anything that they think would go into making a good poster/flyer that would be great.

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