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December 2015

CITS/CESAR Construction Industry Conference and Awards 12th November 2015 at JCB World Headquarters, Rocester, Staffordshire.

At CITS we believe that we should acknowledge efforts by individuals, companies and agencies to strive to go beyond the norm to reduce crime in our sectors.

As such, each year, the CITS Board recognise those who have gone beyond the norm and stood up to make a difference.

With this in mind the CITS Board presented a number of awards to individuals and companies or agencies, whom they consider to have done most to reduce crime and have been proactive in reducing the effects of theft from the Construction and Agricultural sectors. These nominations were carefully considered by the Board members and persons are selected after much deliberation.

There were eight awards presented.

The categories for these awards:

  1. Best Construction crime initiative or operation by an individual police officer.
  2. Best Agricultural crime initiative or operation by an individual police officer.
  3. Best crime strategy by a Police force to reduce machinery and plant crime within its area.
  4. X2 - An award for a significant contribution by a company or an individual to reduce machinery theft within the sector.
  5. The best manufacturer leading the field in using anti theft technologies on its products as standard in order to protect their customers.
  6. The outstanding achievement award for the most significant contribution to reduce theft.
  7. A lifetime recognition award to reducing plant and machinery theft.
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I am incredibly pleased to inform you that the first CITS award went towards appreciating the hard work of  Martin A KERR from The Police Service Of Northern Ireland

PC Martin Kerr is the PSNI Autocrime Officer / Traffic Patrol officer based in Northern Ireland. Martin has been a PSNI Officer for 30 years.

Martin is passionate about plant/agri theft and has taken it upon himself to pass on his knowledge and skills to other PSNI officers. He created his own training package highlighting plant & agricultural equipment theft and rural crime in general. He has presented this to 100's of officers and has personally recovered stolen property over the years amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds!

He promotes the CESAR scheme within Ireland and can only be seen as a tremendous credit to PSNI.

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Second award goes to Ian Thwaites, and his team from the Port of Dover Police.

Ian and his team has over the last few years worked tirelessly at the Port of Dover stopping suspicious lorries carrying plant stolen from our farms and construction sites from across the UK en route to destinations throughout the world. His skill and expertise has identified hundreds of pieces of  stolen equipment and has had a massive impact to the organised crime networks operating throughout the UK.

In 2014 Ian recovered stolen vehicles totalling some £735,000. So far this year, this figure stands at £561,000 !

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Third award - Best crime strategy by a Police force to reduce machinery and plant crime within its area
Awarded to Cambridgeshire Constabulary with the team led by Chief Inspector James Sutherland, Peter Mills and PCSO Gemma Dear.

This force have been carrying out a large number of operations and initiatives over the last year, the centrepiece of which was the training of over 400 front line officers on farm-yards in rural crime and identifying potentially stolen agricultural vehicles. This was then supplemented with a number of targeted seasonal operations working with Countryside Watch and the NFU to identify vulnerable sites.

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Fourth Award - Awarded for a significant contribution by a company or individual to reduce the impact of machinery theft across the sector…

This award goes to Iain Anderson from the Gap Group Ltd.

Concerned at the theft and fraud rates currently affecting businesses, Ian has worked tirelessly to engage with the Hire Industry as a whole to create a safer environment for the sector. He has created a security group amongst the hire companies to tackle and drive out crime.

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Fifth Award - An award for a significant contribution by a company or an individual to reduce machinery theft within the sector

This award goes to Sam Alcock from HSB Engineering insurance. 

Sam has been recognised for his commitment within the Insurance sector to promote best practice and to encourage increasing security on plant equipment. As a member of the Thatcham insurance review panel Sam has again worked tirelessly to encourage other insurers to promote the benefits of CESAR.

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Sixth Award - The best manufacturer leading the field in using anti theft technologies on its products as standard in order to protect their customers.

Awarded to JCB specialist engineers Charles Bevan, Heath Sunderland who have designed systems to protect the industry from theft... having achieved a 68% reduction in theft of JCB products since 2008.

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Seventh Award - The outstanding achievement award for the most significant contribution to reduce theft.

Awarded to Mike Briggs who has worked in the industry for many years.

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Eighth Award - A lifetime recognition award to reducing plant and machinery theft.

Catherine Midgley for her outstanding contribution to CITS over 26 years.