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21st Januray 2011
Visitors to this year's LAMMA show (Newark showground February 19th & 20th) will be the first to see Gehl skid-steer machines with a CESAR security and registration plate after an announcement, last week, that Manitou UK Limited has adopted CESAR for its range of Gehl branded skid-steer loaders.

Kevin Howells, Managing Director of Datatag ID Limited and an expert on equipment security and registration commented on the news: 'We're very pleased to welcome another leading manufacturer into the fold. Gehl has a strong position in its market and is another well known name with CESAR on its side. Manitou, Gehl's parent company, has been a strong advocate of CESAR for many years and it was the first manufacturer to fit CESAR to both its construction and agricultural models.'

CESAR is the most successful machinery security and registration scheme in the world, with over 40,000 registrations. CESAR has wide support in the agricultural market from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), the Home Office, ACPO, and major insurers including NFU Mutual, Aviva, Zurich, Allianz, and RSA. CESAR is a powerful deterrent against theft. In the 2 years October 2008-October 2010 only 264 CESAR registered machines were stolen out of 11,200 reported thefts. And of these 80 were recovered giving a recovery rate of 30.3% compared to just 7.4% for non-registered machine, an advantage to CESAR of 4:1.

Ivor Binns, Managing Director of Manitou (UK) Limited, commented at the announcement: 'Adopting CESAR for Gehl was a logical step for us. We've been fitting CESAR on Manitou construction and agricultural machines since April 2008. CESAR is a proven deterrent and insurance premium discounts, because of CESAR, are an important benefit to Manitou and Gehl customers.'

CESAR is made up of 4 elements that incorporate 3 different Datatag security technologies, giving each machine a unique ā€˜fingerprint'. Firstly, the machine is fitted with 4 tamper evident triangular registration plates, which are securely fitted to the chassis and body; with the machines own unique identification number. Secondly, a number of RFID transponders, each the size of a grain of rice, are hidden in the machinery each with its own unique programmed code. Thirdly, the machine has patches of unique Datatag forensic liquid DNA painted on to it in a number of locations. The liquid DNA has microscopic DatatdotsĀ® suspended in it which are invisible to the eye. It's literally impossible for thieves to remove all the tell-tale identification traces from a CESAR registered machine. Fourthly, the machine is registered on a Datatag's secure database giving the police and other official agencies access to the registration information, an important aid in identification and recovery.

Support for CESAR is widespread and includes the insurance industry, the Home Office and ACPO, the Association of Chief Police Officers. Richard Crompton, Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Constabulary and the ACPO spokesman on rural affairs publicly supported the adoption of CESAR by Co-operative Farms earlier this week commenting that the agricultural community has to take the threat of equipment theft seriously and take sensible precautions.