Police Constable 'Hutch' Hutchings of Northamptonshire Police is the first 2021 CESAR Champion and joins the prestigious champions club.

Hutch is one of the UK's most proactive rural crime cops and the next very worthy winner of the coveted CESAR Champion badge.  Hutch contacted the secure CESAR Contact Centre over 50 times in 2020 to check the provenance of agricultural plant machinery as part of his work to drive down rural machinery crime.

Dave Luscombe from the CEA presented the award to PC Hutchings in a socially distance handover. Hutch said “During my career, I’ve worked in various roles ranging from road crime, road policing and now rural crime officer and vehicle & plant machinery examiner.  One of the biggest issues whilst policing in all these roles is being able to identify the unidentifiable.  The CESAR scheme allows this to happen where fitted and I’m glad to see it expanding across a variety of brands and machines”

PC Hutchings has run multiple “CESAR-IT” days across the UK to encourage local machine owners to protect their older machines with CESAR. Providing advice and information on how to fit CESAR to your machine through the dedicated CESAR network.

CESAR, powered by Datatag, can be fitted to any construction or agriculture machine that are at risk of theft. The tamper evident label acts as an initial deterrent and the multiple layers of technology help to identify the machine. All the owner and machine details are stored on the CESAR secure database for police, like Hutch, to double check any machine quickly and easily. For more information visit

Date Created: 04/02/2021

The Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration Scheme