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Police recover £50,000 worth of kit

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

Operation Crassus, which finished on May 11, saw every UK police force doing roadside spot checks of plant and equipment over a fortnight. CESAR says initial reports suggest the scheme has seen £50,000 worth of machines and other equipment returned to their owners on their strength of their CESAR registration.

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

The initiative was spearheaded by the Metropolitan Police. A police 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.”