The latest winner of the coveted CEA, CESAR Champion Award has been named as PC Chris Bagnall from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG). Chris has been awarded the limited edition pin badge for successfully identifying a stolen JCB mini-excavator on the M6 in Staffordshire during a routine check.
PC Chris Bagnall and his colleague PC Gudgeon stopped a van because its load appeared to be insecure while also towing a JCB mini excavator on a trailer. PC Bagnall used the CESAR identification mark on the JCB to check the status of the machine via the CESAR 24/7 contact centre. The call centre confirmed that the JCB had been reported stolen in April 2020 and the necessary action was taken to seize the machine.
“As a motorway officer, I am always on the lookout for plant machinery displaying the CESAR triangle” explained PC Bagnall, “When we checked the JCB and it came back stolen it was the perfect example of how quick and simple the system is; one call and I had everything I needed to take action and recover the machine.”
The CEA’s (Construction Equipment Association) 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 that 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.
The CESAR Champion award is given to operational police officers and staff who either perform 10 CESAR provenance checks via the secure CESAR Call Centre or identify a stolen machine using CESAR technology. Award winners are given an exclusive limited edition pin badge to wear on their uniforms to show everyone that they take plant and agricultural theft seriously and have used the power of CESAR Security.