Bobcat West Midlands To Fit CESAR To Compact Equipment

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All new Bobcat® skid-steer loaders, compact excavators and telescopic handlers supplied by Bobcat West Midlands are to be fitted with the Datatag security system and registered with the CESAR scheme from August 1st.

Bobcat West Midlands is the first Bobcat Company owned branch in the UK and it’s responsible for the sales and service of Bobcat equipment to strategic & national account customers. From its central base in the heart of the UK, Bobcat West Midlands is also responsible for sales and service for the Bobcat range in Birmingham and the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

The official Construction Equipment Security and Registration scheme (CESAR) acts as a powerful deterrent against plant theft and aids identification and recovery in the event of theft. Supported by the Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers CESAR is gathering momentum in the construction industry as more and more owners and operators of plant see the benefits. Launched in April 2007 the scheme has already more than 15,000 machines registered. And with Doosan, Merlo, JCB, Manitou, Hanix, Bomag and now Bobcat fitting the Datatag system and registering new machines that figure is rising monthly.

Kevin Howells, Director of Datatag ID is delighted to see another well known name in the industry adopting CESAR…… “The news that Bobcat West Midlands is to fit our security system and register its machines with CESAR is very welcome. The more enlightened manufacturers are now 100% behind the scheme and they’re providing a real benefit to their customers and the community as a whole. Site security and plant theft is a real issue for the industry and adopting CESAR registration is an essential step for any well run business in the construction industry. We’ve made a lot of progress with new machines but more needs to be done to encourage plant owners to register their existing machines which will become the target of organised plant theft as more and more new machines are registered”.

Detective Constable Ian Elliott of the Metropolitan Police Stolen Vehicle Unit, an expert on plant theft prevention and recovery, has been involved with CESAR from the start through the work of the Plant Theft Action Group. “Organised criminals are behind most plant theft with machines being ‘stolen to order’ and shipped abroad. There’s no doubt CESAR registration is a deterrent and it’ll be the unregistered older machines that’ll become the target in the near future”.

Construction machines of any age can be registered with CESAR provided the machine has a valid CE mark. Proof of ownership will also need to be established. The Datatag security system can only be fitted by trained technicians who have gone through the criminal record bureau check. The unique CESAR registration plate allocated to each machine is registered with the DVLA off-highway register. This gives the police access to the registration information, at any time of the day or night, through the police national computer. Many leading insurance companies now give discounts on premiums for CESAR registered machines.

Date Created: 04/08/2008

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