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The seventh CITS conference, entitled ‘Scams that Trash your Bottom Line’, was held last week at the impressive JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire. Over 200 delegates ranging from Company Secretaries, Heads of Securities, Plant Directors and Senior Contracts Managers within the construction Industry attended with a further 100 senior police officers.

With criminals employing increasing levels of technological sophistication and increasingly innovative techniques to attack companies operating in the Construction and Utilities sector, companies are finding it harder to protect themselves. As such the Combined Industries Theft Solutions Board (CITS), a group affiliated to the Home Office Plant Theft Action Group, gathered leading security experts to present the latest strategies to combat these criminals.

Amongst the key speakers was CITS board member and Datatag ID Ltd Managing Director Kevin Howells. Datatag is the power behind the official CESAR Scheme and Mr Howells presented the latest developments of the scheme and the success story behind this superb anti-theft initiative. In a remarkably short time since launched in November 2007, CESAR now protects over 160,000 machines.

The CESAR story, which ironically began at the JCB world headquarters when the first machine protected by the scheme rolled of the production line, has in November 2014 reduced machinery theft in the UK by46% and increased the rate of recovery by a factor of 6. This success has also resulted in reduced insurance premiums for protected plant and machinery.

Other speakers also commended CESAR’s success including Gap Group Managing Director Iain Anderson and senior PANIU Police Officer Barry Mudie.

By developing a database of all reported stolen machinery, PANIU (the Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit) has been a powerful force in the CESAR success story. Barry Mudie spoke of the success stories and detailed the latest plant machinery theft statistics, highlighting how CESAR protected machines are four times less likely to be stolen and six times more likely to be recovered than unregistered machines.

At the end of the conference CITS Chairman and Group Head of Security for Clancy Docwra Ian Elliott praised Barry’s achievements and Kevin Howell’s awarded Barry Mudie with the prestigious CESAR award for his outstanding contribution in the fight to combat machinery theft and thanked him for all his hard work and support of CESAR. Barry, who retires from PANIU shortly, expressed his gratitude at the award and hoped the battle would continue to be fought.

Date Created: 18/11/2014

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