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November 2015

2015 COMBINED INDUSTRIES THEFT SOLUTIONS FORUM HAILED A SUCCESS

Last week’s Combined Industries Theft Solutions (CITS) forum was hailed a huge success by over 200 construction industry delegates, 150 police officers and 20 exhibitors. The 8th CITS event, under the title Small-tools Big losses, held at JCB’s impressive world headquarters in Rocester, was made up of two half-day conferences and an exhibition that brought together leading security system providers.

The morning conference for construction industry professionals and the afternoon conference for serving police officers highlighted the range of threats faced by the construction industry from professional and opportunistic thieves and a new-wave of ‘cyber-criminals’. Speakers from the private and public sectors included Steve Watson, Deputy Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and ACPO lead on crime reduction, Renato Schipani from Interpol, Julie Bruce from KPMG’ and Charlie McMurdie Senior Crime Advisor PwC Cyber Practice.

Threats old and new were described by the speakers who explained sensible and practical precautions for industry managers and pro-active steps for serving police officers. Renato Schipani, from Interpol’s Lyon headquarters, described the co-operative basis of Interpol that brings together 123 police forces from around the world, sharing information and intelligence to tackle organised and international criminals. CESAR thefts are reported internationally using the Interpol i-24 communication system. The threats posed by fraud and cyber-crime were resonant with the audience following the recent ‘Talk Talk’ security breach.

Deputy Chief Constable Steve Watson applauded the approach of CITS and the industry and said that it showed what could be achieved when an industry works together and in partnership with the police. An example he gave was the CEA’s CESAR security and registration scheme, launched in the same venue in 2007. CESAR has contributed to a 70+% reduction in the theft of larger construction equipment and now the power behind CESAR, Datatag ID Limited  launched Micro-CESAR, during the CITS event by Datatag’s Managing Director Kevin Howells. Micro CESAR is poised to make a similar impact protecting small construction and landscaping equipment such as power tools, cut-off saws, hand-held hydraulic breakers and compaction plates. Using Datatag technology the Micro-CESAR security system includes a unique RFID tag and a warning/registration label with an integrated and unique QR code. Acting as both a deterrent against theft and as an asset management system Micro-CESAR can be used to check tools in and out of stock and it allows users to easily access on-line health and safety advice and user manuals through the Micro-CESAR website, by scanning the unique QR code.

The CITS exhibition brought together leading security system providers including Tracker, CanTrack, AMI Nexis and Enigma who all promoted their modern tracking and telematics systems. Leading national tool hire companies GAP Group and A-Plant also exhibited.

At a time of increased uncertainty CITS promotes awareness of security threats, old and new, and the adoption of current ‘best practice’ to minimize the occurrence and impact of crime in a diverse range of businesses in the UK.

For further information about CITS and details on how to become an associate member please visit www.theftsolutions.org

2015 COMBINED INDUSTRIES THEFT SOLUTIONS FORUM HAILED A SUCCESS
2015 CITS FORUM HAILED A SUCCESS
2015 COMBINED INDUSTRIES THEFT SOLUTIONS
2015 CITS
THEFT SOLUTIONS FORUM HAILED A SUCCESS