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By Theo Leggett, Business correspondent, BBC News

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The value of a Range Rover begins at £104,000

Jaguar Land Rover says it plans to take a position greater than £1m to assist the police combat car crime within the UK.

The cash will likely be used to assist police operations in theft hotspots, in addition to to fund intelligence gathering.

Earlier this 12 months, the corporate’s boss angrily denied studies that Range Rovers had been significantly susceptible to theft.

However, house owners have complained that insurers have been climbing their premiums dramatically, and even refusing cowl.

Among them is Meryl Cabellos, a 41-year-old Frenchman who has lived within the UK for seven years, and works within the know-how trade.

Last 12 months, the price of insuring his 2017 Range Rover Sport doubled, from £2,000 to £4,000.

He then found that his insurer wouldn’t be capable of renew his cowl in any respect this 12 months – and struggled to discover a alternative.

‘We’re being priced out’

Faced with a greatest quote of £10,000, and with the automobile itself shedding worth quickly, he determined to chop his losses and promote it.

“We’ve been Range Rover customers for many years, and it really feels as though we’re being priced out now,” he stated.

“We’re just really disappointed. We loved the car but because of the insurance the experience of owning it went downhill so quick.”

Insurance prices can range significantly, with components corresponding to the motive force’s file and expertise, in addition to the place the automobile is stored and the security measures it accommodates all taken under consideration.

Expensive, luxurious vehicles are sometimes focused by thieves, as a result of they are often bought overseas at a giant revenue. That, in flip, can push up premiums.

For Jaguar Land Rover, this has change into an issue. The firm builds a variety of premium fashions, with the Range Rover model a selected favorite for celebrities, politicians and even royalty.

That sort of status comes at a price. The Range Rover begins at £104,000 whereas its smaller sibling, the Range Rover Sport, is on sale from £75,000. But embarrassingly for the corporate, it additionally has a fame for being susceptible to theft.

Earlier this 12 months, JLR’s chief govt Adrian Mardell condemned studies that recommended the Range Rover was Britain’s “most stolen vehicle”.

He admitted that car theft by organised criminals was a severe situation within the UK, however insisted his personal enterprise had been unfairly singled out, and that strenuous efforts had been made to enhance car safety.

He accused the insurance coverage trade of failing to take account of all of the out there data when setting premiums.

The police funding is the newest in a sequence of strikes designed to reassure shoppers and try to carry down insurance coverage prices.

Last 12 months, for instance, the corporate arrange its personal insurance coverage merchandise in an effort to assist clients who had been unable to acquire cowl, although some Range Rover house owners declare they’ve nonetheless been unable to acquire quotes.

New nationwide policing unit

The new cash, JLR says, will likely be used to assist a number of police forces “with additional dedicated resources to respond to vehicle thefts across the country”.

It will even assist pay for a brand new nationwide policing unit to collect intelligence on car thefts, and elevated police exercise on the ports utilized by legal gangs to ship vehicles overseas.

The firm says it’s already sharing data with the police to assist them discover and get better automobiles, and has offered coaching to some 650 officers.

At the identical time, it says it has been working arduous to make its automobiles much less susceptible to theft.

It cites information from the Police National Computer exhibiting that since January 2022 solely 0.2% of latest Range Rovers and Range Rover Sports have been stolen.