THE CEA (Construction Equipment Association) has announced a new CESAR reward scheme for police officers who identify stolen forestry machinery.

The CESAR Champion initiative will recognise the efforts of any police officer who uses the CESAR technology to identify a stolen piece of machinery.

The CESAR Scheme, which is powered by Datatag technology, is a multi-layered system that includes tamper-evident warning and registration plates, RFID transponders, a microdot identification system comprising between 500 and 1,000 microdots which are scattered around the machine, and forensic DNA.

Once fitted, these technologies are almost impossible to remove, and when the machine is registered on Datatag’s secure database, these unique details are accessible to the police 24/7, enabling them to identify any machine at the roadside. The CESAR website also has a ‘hot button’ to instantly report stolen machinery.

Dave Luscombe, CEA’s head of special projects, explained the procedure: “If a police officer, while conducting any check on an ATV, a piece of agricultural/forestry machinery or a piece of construction plant, using any of the CESAR technologies, identifies that the asset is stolen, he/she will qualify for an exclusive and limited-edition CESAR Champion pin badge.”

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