Scottish Councils And Police Forces Back The CESAR Scheme

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CESAR – the Construction Equipment Security and Registration Scheme is going from strength to strength as “state of the art” identification technology installations continue to surge ahead on a nationwide basis. In Scotland, many of the local authorities are making the CESAR Scheme mandatory on all plant and construction equipment. In the latest development of the CESAR Scheme, promoted by CEA and powered by Datatag, the City Council of Edinburgh and East Lothian, West Lothian, Mid Lothian and the Scottish Borders Authorities are now endorsing the scheme and making CESAR mandatory for the future. Also, during positive discussions with other Scottish Police Forces it is expected that all other Scottish Authorities should follow suit in 2008. Edinburgh City Council has become the first authority to require mandatory system fitting and taken delivery of their first CESAR registered Scheme in December.

The Home Office & ACPO supported industry-wide initiative from the Plant Theft Action Group (PTAG) has generated huge interest in its UK-wide campaigns to stamp out construction plant theft, estimated to be running at an annual total of £100 million, with minimal recovery.
The problem is endemic within the construction industry, with stolen plant and equipment frequently being innocently purchased.

Datatag ID Limited, operator of the CESAR scheme - is the European market leader in security identity systems within the Motorcycle, ATV, Scooter, Trailers, Boats, IT, Cycle, Jet Ski and Construction & Plant sectors and designed the CESAR Scheme to be applied to the majority of plant & equipment. After each installation is completed, a prominent CESAR Registration Plate is affixed to deter theft or vandalism attempts along with other “state of the art” ID technology.

Terex – International manufacturer of construction industry plant and equipment – hosted a CESAR Police Conference at their Motherwell plant in December. Commented Paul Douglas Construction Division Director, “As a diversified global manufacturer we have a responsibility to work with our industry association the CEA and local Police Authorities to ensure that plant theft is effectively addressed. We already offer the benefits of the CESAR scheme from our Coventry manufacturing facility and currently we are looking at rolling this activity out to several of our other sites in the UK and mainland Europe. We look forward to continuing to work with the CEA and the Police Authorities to ensure that we do not leave our customers with a plant theft problem.”

Datatag Director Kevin Howells said, “We welcome the support and commitment from Scotland, which remains very much at the heart of the UK construction industry. With the take-up of the CESAR Scheme by major Scottish authorities backed by Scottish Police forces and with the increased adoption of the Scheme by OEM’s it will ensure that the prospect of machinery identification and recovery is greatly increased and theft is reduced. With the growing number of major projects in place and scheduled – notably the 2012 Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - the need for such a UK-wide initiative has never been greater and its impact on delivering projects on time will be massive. The growing acceptance and demand for CESAR emphasises how important an initiative this is for not only the Scottish construction industry but the whole of the UK.”

Date Created: 04/02/2008

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