Watch as thief steals £80,000 Range Rover from outside Hampstead Garden Suburb home in seconds
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A property developer has issued a warning to owners of new Range Rovers after his £80,000 car was stolen in less than 30 seconds from outside his Hampstead Garden Suburb home.
Shocking CCTV footage reveals how a car thief easily unlocked the luxury vehicle electronically without breaking in before driving off.
The car’s owner David Conway, 39, has hit out at the vehicle’s manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover for the ease with which thieves can steal these cars.
But in a statement issued on Monday, Jaguar Land Rover said there is no fault with the security systems of its vehicles.
Father-of-three Mr Conway, whose car was stolen in the early hours of August 28, said: “Range Rover thefts are rife in the Suburb and in Hampstead and Highgate.
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“The police indicated to me that in the last week, there have been about 30 Range Rovers stolen in the vicinity.
“They are stolen to order.
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“Everyone who owns a new model Range Rover needs to be extremely careful how they park their vehicles and where they leave them, and to be aware of people following them home or sitting outside their property.”
Mr Conway holds out no hope of ever seeing his car again.
A spokesman for Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement: “There is no fault with Land Rover’s security systems and they continue to meet stringent automotive legislation.
“This is a criminal and industry-wide issue, as European Block Exemption legislation forces all car makers to make available information about their diagnostic systems, including any security updates.”
The company is pressing for changes in EU law so it does not have to publish information about its security systems, which allows thieves to steal cars with ease.
It advised car owners to invest in an old-fashioned car lock.
But Mr Conway said the suggestion was “complete nonsense” when owners have spent close to £100,000 on luxury vehicles.