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Datatag ID Ltd and the Lancashire Police Constabulary joined forces in October to run a 2-day Rural Crime Workshop at Myerscough Agricultural College in Bilsborrow. Lancashire Police run a very successful farm watch scheme throughout Lancashire with around 1,000 members of the scheme in total.

The event was designed to engage with members of the rural community who are regularly targeted by criminals. DS Simon Ingham, from the Lancashire Police Stolen Vehicle Unit, and Dave Luscombe, from Datatag, presented the official CESAR scheme to a mixed audience of local rural police officers, PCSO's, farmers, other local land owners and students from the college.

CESAR, the only official equipment security and registration scheme, is widely supported in the agricultural and rural community by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), leading equipment manufacturers including John Deere, JCB and New Holland, insurers and the police.

CESAR is the most successful scheme of its type anywhere in the world with over 100,000 pieces of equipment now protected by the familiar triangular registration plate. CESAR is a proven deterrent against theft and an invaluable aid in recovery. CESAR registered machines are 4 times less likely to be stolen and 6 times more likely to be recovered than unregistered machines.

CESAR works by giving each piece of equipment a unique ‘fingerprint’ using a variety of high technology security marking devices, supplied by Datatag, including tamper evident triangular registrations plates, Radio-frequency identification (RFID) transponders, forensic liquid DNA, and microscopic Datadots®. Once CESAR is fitted, a machine is protected for life with no recurring costs.

The Myerscough audience learnt that CESAR can be fitted to any piece of agricultural equipment including tractors, telescopic handlers, trailers, quad-bikes and even combine harvesters! CESAR acts as a powerful deterrent against theft and has proven to be an invaluable aid in recovery. Less than 1% of CESAR registered machines have been stolen and yet nearly 30% have been recovered, compared to less than 5% before the introduction of the innovative scheme. The audience was particularly taken with the fact that leading insurers offer insurance premium discounts of up to 25% on CESAR registered equipment.

Datatag and CESAR will be spreading the word further at the popular LAMMA show which is due to be held on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th January 2013 at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground.

Date Created: 30/10/2012

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