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Cornes Mini Digger Hire, operating out of three centres in Crewe, Northwich and Holmes Chapel, run a range of compact construction equipment including mini-excavators, site-dumpers and trench compactors.

With their equipment out on hire Cornes were a vulnerable target to thieves but now thanks to the CESAR scheme all their machines are now fully protected. Owner Chris Cornes decided to fit CESAR to his all machines after having a Takeuchi Mini-Excavator stolen from a customer’s drive and a spate of ‘spurious’ hire enquiries.

Commenting on his decision Chris said “We became aware of the growing problem of theft some months ago when one of our machines was stolen. Our depots are regularly ‘checked-out’ by shady characters and many other local plant companies have been targeted by thieves. I decide to look into what anti-theft systems were available to help with the increasing problem of theft. CESAR is, by far, the most highly regarded security system available and it’s very cost effective as my insurance premium discounts nearly covered the cost of fitting CESAR to our machines.”

Fitting CESAR has given me peace of mind and we have put the CESAR and Datatag logos on our website to show that our machines are now protected. This has had a significant impact, as there has been a huge reduction in the type of enquiry we were getting previously from both potential opportunist thieves and organised gangs."

CESAR, promoted by the Construction Equipment Association, is the only official equipment security and registration scheme in the UK and it’s widely regarded as the first logical step against theft. CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in recovery. CESAR works by giving each piece of equipment a unique and permanent ‘fingerprint’ using hi-tech security marking devices. CESAR is the most successful and widely used scheme in the world. Cumulative machine registrations topped 110,000 at the end of 2012.

Date Created: 12/02/2013

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