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Police lead plant theft crackdown

Police have just completed a two-week crackdown into plant theft which has seen thousands of pounds worth of kit recovered, Construction Equipment Security and Registration revealed at SED 2008 today.

Operation Crassus, which finished on May 11, saw every UK police force doing roadside spot checks of plant and equipment over a fortnight.

CESAR said that initial reports suggest the scheme has seen at least £50,000 worth of machines and other equipment returned to their owners on their strength of their CESAR registration alone. Some were not even registered stolen on the Police National Computer.

In one case a site dumper and generator was stolen and heading for despatch to Jamaica from Felixstowe. In a statement CESAR said: "It was stolen on Sunday, reported on Monday, recovered on Wednesday and returned to site by Thursday."

The initiative was spearheaded by the Metropolitan Police. A MET spokesman said: “It’s scary has easy it is for thieves to do their job. If it wasn’t for the equipment having been CESAR marked the equipment would never have been returned to its rightful owners.”