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25th February 2011
Volvo Construction Equipment announced, at the opening of the Executive Hire Show, that 4 of its range of mini- excavators will be protected with CESAR security and registration. Construction machines are now 4 times more likely to be stolen than a car in the UK and mini-excavators are the most commonly stolen type, with over 800 stolen in the past 2 years, and so the move is a logical one!

From mid-February the Volvo EC15C, 17C, 18C, and 20C machines, from 1.5t to 1.9t, will be protected with CESAR registration and an Enigma P2 tracking system. This step brings the Volvo mini's up to Thatcham 3 star rating qualifying the machines for insurance premium discounts.

CESAR is the most successful machinery security and registration scheme in the world, with over 45,000 registrations, including 15,000 in 2010, the highest year ever. CESAR has wide support in the construction market from the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the Home Office, and ACPO. Major insurers supporting CESAR include NFU Mutual, Aviva, Zurich, Allianz, RSA, QBE, NMU, MSIG, and HSB Engineering Insurance Ltd.

CESAR is a powerful deterrent against theft. In 27 months, October 2008 to December 2010 inclusive, only 286 CESAR registered machines were stolen out of 12,255 reported thefts. And of these 89 have been recovered giving a recovery rate of 31.1% compared to just 7.6% for non-registered machines, an advantage to CESAR of 4.1:1.

CESAR is made up of 4 elements that incorporate 3 different Datatag security technologies, giving each machine a unique ‘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 Datatdots® 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, lifetime machine registration, on Datatag's secure database, which gives the police and other official agencies 24/7 access to the registration information which is an important aid in identification and recovery.

A Volvo ‘mini' is now as safe as a car with CESAR?