CESAR® Sponsored Police Unit Get Their First Conviction

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Two plant thieves are starting prison sentences after a successful prosecution by the CESAR sponsored specialist Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit of the Met Police.

Londoners Bernard Connolly of Gunwhale Close, Rotherhithe, and Robert Smith of Kender Street, New Cross, received prison sentences of 20 months and 1 year respectively at Cambridge Crown Court for three counts of conspiracy to steal. The pair used a transit drop-side liveried in legitimate plant hirers Hewden's colours to dupe customers into parting with equipment, even though the vehicle never belonged to the hirer.

The thieves came to PANIU's attention following the theft of equipment in Hertfordshire worth £23,000. Local police passed on the information and PANIU was eventually able to trace the vehicle with the false identity.

CESAR is the official plant and equipment registration scheme for construction and agriculture supported the Home Office, leading equipment manufacturers, and British Machinery Insurers Association. It provides the police with the ability to check on machines in exactly the same way as they would a car or van through the Police National Computer (PNC).

PANIU officers are still keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have fallen victim to the thieves' ploy and have had equipment stolen.

For more information go to www.cesarscheme.org


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: 24/03/2010

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