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4th Nov 2009
A record number of delegates attended the fifth annual Construction Industry Theft Solutions (CITS) conference which was held on Tuesday November 3rd at JCB's world headquarters in Staffordshire. 160 delegates attended the conference along with 16 exhibitors from some of the leading suppliers of plant security products, plant hire and service providers. The conference, which was sponsored by Datatag ID Limited the power behind the CESAR scheme, had wide support from The Home Office, the police service and leading insurance providers. 14 presentations were made to the delegates including a specially recorded ‘video' from Alan Campbell the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at The Home Office and the Crime Reduction Minister.

Reflecting its status, as the premier event in the construction security world, three major announcements were made at the conference by JCB and the Construction Equipment Association.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, UK & Ireland Sales Director, announced that JCB has become the first excavator manufacturer to achieve a three star Thatcham security rating. The company has taken a lead in the fight against plant crime, achieving the three star rating on all its wheeled and tracked excavators and on its popular 801 and 8020 mini excavators. Throughout the first six months of 2010, JCB will expand this market leading security initiative to include all of its mini and midi excavators above one tonne operating weight. Yvette was presented with the official Thatcham certificates by Dave Rasmussen of The Home Office. Yvette also announced that JCB will be fitting CESAR registration plates to all its agricultural equipment, bound for the UK, in the New Year. Telescopic Handler manufacturers Manitou and Merlo already supply CESAR equipped machines to both the construction and agricultural sectors.

The Construction Equipment Association, owners of the CESAR® trademark, announced that it had concluded an agreement with the Agricultural Engineers Association whereby the AEA will adopt the CESAR scheme as its official equipment security and registration scheme. Yvette Henshall-Bell, on behalf of the CEA and Roger Lane-Nott, Chief Executive of the AEA, signed the agreement during the conference

Roger Lane-Nott had this to say after the agreement was signed……….'I'm delighted to be putting our weight behind the official CESAR® scheme which gives the agricultural industry and the police the upper hand in fighting organised criminals that target agricultural equipment. CESAR® is a powerful deterrent against machinery theft and it gives farmers, contractors and the police ‘state of the art' identification technology that significantly increases the chances of identification and recovery in the event of theft. Organised and opportunistic equipment theft is a real issue in the agricultural market and it's not acceptable, in this day and age, to have criminals targeting hard working farmers and their families. CESAR® has proved to be both a deterrent and a powerful aid in recovery in construction and it'll work in agriculture too. Pressure from insurers and the police will drive adoption very quickly'.

The CITS conference is widely regarded as an excellent example of an industry working together to tackle a problem that is estimated to cost the construction industry up to £900m per annum. Leading insurance providers are pushing for further action from manufacturers, hire companies and contractors.