Police Operation Utah Results In Prosecutions After Vehicle And Plant Checks In Midlands

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A joint operation by the police forces of Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands, under the banner of operation Utah, was hailed a success by senior officers after it resulted in over 30 prosecutions for a variety of vehicle related offences. The operation centred on Tamworth and Stoke-on-Trent with over 100 vehicles stopped from the M42, A5, A50 and A500 during the day.
Officers from the specialist Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (PANIU) joined the operation to check on construction and agricultural plant movements. The now widely adopted CESAR plant registration scheme provides the police with the ability to check on construction and agricultural machines in exactly the same way as they would a car or van through the Police National Computer (PNC).
During operation Utah all the plant checks showed that machine movements were legitimate but organised criminals can never be sure that they will not be stopped. CESAR registered machines can always be identified, because of the hidden Datatag technology, which is one reason why recovery rates are 6 times higher, for CESAR registered machines, than for unregistered equipment. A previous police operation, Crassus in 2008, resulted in 2 stolen CESAR registered machines being recovered belonging to J.F Hunt Plant Hire.

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Editor’s notes

Datatag ID Limited, a market leader, is a privately owned British company that has operated in the security market since 1992. Its products have helped to drastically reduce the rates of stolen property. Datatag security markings and systems are widely used on motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, boats, jet skis and agricultural and construction equipment. Illustrating the effectiveness of Datatag security products the UK Crown Prosecution Service has a 100% successful prosecution record where Datatag has been used as evidence in court. Critically, Datatag provides a telephone service to the Police and its customers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week enabling marked equipment to be identified. Datatag supply a range of security marking products including Datadots®, Datatag DNA and a variety of transponders or ‘tags’. In the construction market Datatag manages the CESAR® equipment registration scheme. CESAR® is owned by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), with the support of the Plant Theft Action Group (PTAG), the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), major insurance companies and local authorities. CESAR® is a dedicated scheme designed to significantly reduce the theft of construction and other equipment, both large and small, and to aid recovery in the event of theft. CESAR® offers a positive opportunity for all construction and agricultural equipment manufacturers, machinery dealers, plant hirers and owners to register their equipment under a single scheme. Crucially CESAR® registers equipment on the DVLA Off Road Register (ORR) which gives the Police instant access to the data via the Police National Computer (PNC). Datatag is accredited to ISO 9000:2000 and LPS 1224 standards. Its database has “Secured by Design” status under ACPO and Home Office accreditation, one of the highest security accreditations in the UK.

Datatag®, Datadots® and CESAR® are registered trademarks.

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Date Created: 02/03/2010

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