Land Rover security bonnet cable guard

The prevalent and rising threat of Defender Bonnet theft.


As we all know, The Land Rover Defender has long been an iconic and highly coveted vehicle, known for its rugged design and off-road capabilities. However, this popularity has also made it a prime target for criminals, with one particular target, for theft. Land Rover Defender bonnet theft. In this blog post, we'll explore the reasons behind this, the methods used by thieves, and what Defender owners can do to protect their vehicles.

The Appeal of the Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender has a unique and timeless appeal that has captured the hearts of enthusiasts around the world. Its classic design, exceptional performance off-road, and versatility make it a sought-after vehicle. The combination of heritage and modern features in the latest models has only added to its popularity, attracting a broad range of buyers.

However, this very popularity has made it a prime target for theft, especially for its distinctive bonnet.

Why the Bonnet?

The bonnet is relatively simple to remove and replace, which makes it an attractive target for thieves looking to make a quick getaway or strip the vehicle for parts. Particularly those with the later PUMA style raised bonnet.

Thieves' Tactics

Land Rover Defender bonnet theft is typically carried out by opportunist thieves, because the are so easy to steal. They can operate quickly, sometimes under the cover of darkness. the theft occurs by releasing the bonnet through the grill, flipping it back to the screen and lifting it away.

1. Bonnet release (Front grill): It is very easy to poke a finger through the grill to release the bonnet. We have developed the cable guard to combat this. It may be possible to buy from other suppliers, but our design is the correct one and as such you can be sure it will fit well, further more due to it being our design we will always be the cheapest place to buy it...

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2. Bonnet release (Wing top): As with the front grill this is a known weak spot, we do the wing top guard to combat this side of the problem

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3. Hinges: Once flipped back to the screen the bonnet can be lifted away, with our security hinges this isn't possible...

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Preventing Land Rover Defender Bonnet Theft

While it's difficult to completely eliminate the risk of bonnet theft, there are several measures Defender owners can take to deter thieves and protect their vehicles:

  1. Park Securely: Park your Defender as close to a wall as possible, this will also prevent access to the BBUS...

  2. Fit the LRD Track to notify you in the event of any movement of the Landy.
  3. Fit one of our three products listed above to prevent bonnet theft in its tracks.


The rise of Land Rover Defender bonnet theft is a growing concern among owners of this iconic vehicle. To protect your investment and keep your Defender safe, it's essential to be proactive. Implementing security measures, parking in secure locations, and taking other precautions can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this unsettling trend. With the right strategies, Defender owners can enjoy their vehicles with greater peace of mind.

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