Jaguar Land Rover Invests in Vehicle Security to Help Reduce Thefts​

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Jaguar Land Rover UK has reaffirmed its commitment to vehicle security by ensuring that vehicles are protected and updated with the latest technology to prevent thefts.

Vehicles manufactured from 2022 onwards are built on JLR’s most advanced electrical architecture, meaning they have the latest security features and are proving resilient to theft: since January 2022, only 0.07% of new Range Rover and new Range Rover Sports on the road have been stolen, while only 0.3% of new Defenders have been affected since 2020.

The latest technology can be applied to previous generations of vehicles, including those that are outside of their warranty period, to make sure that they are equally as protected as current models. Since 2022, more than 65,000 eligible vehicles from 2018 models onwards have received these updates and remaining owners are being urged to take up these updates.

Patrick McGillycuddy, Managing Director of JLR UK, said: "While vehicle theft in the UK is affecting the whole car industry, at JLR we understand the negative impact this can have on the ownership experience for our clients. Our investment of more than £10 million demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tackling this issue. Through our long-standing collaboration with law enforcement and key partners, our expert team will continue to develop and deploy effective anti-theft measures to ensure clients are protected. It is my personal priority.”

The investment includes updates to the Body Control Module (BCM) which prevents a thief from driving away a vehicle without a key, meaning that they are unable to hack the keyless entry system and start the engine. In 2018 JLR also pioneered the development of Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) protection to counter the “relay attack”, where criminals intercept signals between the vehicle and key to unlock the car. This technology stops the vehicle from being vulnerable to this method.

If you have already been contacted about updating your model’s security or aren’t sure if you are eligible for these updates, please contact your nearest Pentland Land Rover dealership today. The team will be able to answer questions you might have and book your car in.