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The BTEC Level 3 award, launched in October 2012, covers the identification of stolen plant and machinery. This extremely popular course was held for the fifth time in June 2013 with delegates from The Metropolitan Police, Hampshire and Cheshire constabularies and the two day course equips police officers with the knowledge to tackle opportunistic and professional equipment theft.

The delegates learn what to look out for leading to a ‘rational selection’ of suspect vehicles and equipment to examine and to determine its true identity. The official equipment security scheme CESAR has been a huge advance for the UK police giving them irrefutable proof of a machine’s identity and as a consequence details of its rightful owner.

CESAR has become the most successful scheme of its type anywhere in the world with over 120,000 pieces of equipment protected by CESAR with all their details safely locked away on a secure database accessible by the police and other official agencies. CESAR works by giving each piece of equipment a unique ‘fingerprint’ using an array of high technology security marking devices, supplied by Datatag, including tamper evident triangular registrations plates, Radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders, forensic liquid DNA, and microscopic Datadots®. Never one to stand still Datatag has recently applied even more technology to the familiar triangular, tamper evident, registration plate in the form of a ‘quick response’ (QR) code that will allow even quicker and more convenient security checks by the police and public alike.

Over 70 police officers have now attended the BTEC course and Met police officer Antonia Holt comments, “The course was extremely useful to me as it has refreshed my knowledge and given me a new insight into what to look out for and how to use the CESAR ‘fingerprint’ to identify a machine’s identity”.

Date Created: 28/06/2013

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