CESAR THE OPPORTUNITY

CESAR THE OPPORTUNITY

It's a sad fact of life in our industry that the high-value machinery we deal with on a daily basis is a target for thieves. Both end user properties such as farms and homes can fall victim, as of course can dealers' premises.

Thankfully The Plant & Agricultural National Intelligence Unit is leading the battle to combat this threat. A specialist police unit, the PANIU is fully funded by the Construction and Agricultural Insurance industries and from funding directly from the Construction Equipment Association and the Agricultural Engineers Association via the Industry standard 'Construction Equipment Security and Registration Scheme' (CESAR).

The primary aim of the unit is to reduce plant theft across the United Kingdom. It does this in two ways, firstly by assisting the Police Officer on the street to identify stolen equipment and tackle the organised criminal networks responsible for targeting plant and agricultural machinery equipment. Secondly, by enabling the industry to have a direct access to specialist Police officers who are dedicated to reduce plant theft and understand the complexities of their respective industries to work in partnership in crime reduction initiatives.

The Unit releases regular quarterly reports which they say are a true reflection of the machinery theft problem. The most recently released report (which can be accessed via the AEA's website here) covers the period of October to December 2015 and makes for fascinating reading. Some of it is rather depressing obviously, but there certainly does appear to be positive progress being made which deserves acknowledgement.

Date Added: 15 August 2016

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