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Machinery theft has been a problem for a number of years costing plant owners and insurers millions of pounds each year, but thanks to CESAR, a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in recovery equipment theft has fallen by 46% in the UK in the last 3 years.

Police statistics show that CESAR marked equipment is 4 times less likely to be stolen and 6 times more likely to be recovered than unregistered machines. The CESAR scheme has become the most successful scheme of its type anywhere in the world, with over 150,000 pieces of equipment now protected day in and day out.

Nick Mayell, an employee of Datatag ID, the power behind CESAR and the supplier of ‘state of the art security marking technology’ has helped push the scheme further with specially organised plant courses for the police. The courses help police officers recognise suspicious machinery and equip them to carry out checks on machinery. The fully EDI accredited plant courses, held at AITS in Gloucestershire, were introduced two years ago and since then attendance and demand for the two day course has shown a dramatic increase.

PC Carwyn Morris, of Surrey constabulary, demonstrated the power and effectiveness of the plant course after he put his new found skills to the test just 6 weeks after completing the course. PC Morris recovered 3 stolen machines with a value of over £130,000. The machines were successfully returned to the insurance companies, which had paid out the owners.

PC Carwyn Morris had this to say, “The Datatag plant course gave me the confidence and extra knowledge that enabled me to seize these items of plant. Without the Datatag plant course organised by Nick Mayell these items would still be missing and the insurers and owners would still be out of pocket. I recommend this course to all officers.

Nick Mayell said of the recoveries, “I’m delighted that the course encourages and equips officers to tackle machinery theft. Over 30 machines have now been recovered by officers who have attended one of our courses in the last 18 months which proves they are effective. More courses are planned in the balance of the year.”

Interested parties should contact to enrol on a course.

Date Created: 14/07/2014

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