Combined Industries Theft Solutions

Guidance to Helping Reduce Theft and Best Practice

August 2022


Do you recognise the man in this picture. He's been caught on camera in the Staffordshire area breaking into vans to steal tools.

If you have any information please contact Staffordshire Police - Website Contact Information, or email faye@cits.uk.com

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Chairman - Ian Elliott

Welcome to the CITS website and hopefully you will explore the site and find useful advice whether you be a police officer, a farmer, a builder or tradesperson,  a representative from a construction or utility company or just exploring the web. CITS is a not for profit industry think tank dedicated to reducing crime from the Agricultural and Construction industries. As such we engage with the Home Office, the Police, the manufacturers, the insurers and security businesses to design out crime. 

As a group we are dedicated to forming partnerships to offer advice, and suggest ways of protecting both large and small businesses from crime.  This comes in many forms, from the old established methods of thefts and burglaries,  the increasing risk of frauds to the super sophisticated electronic hacking attacks and cyber frauds. Businesses must be aware of the potential risks, even including that of the insider threats. Within the website you will find best practice suggestions from experts from every field. 

This year, 2022, CITS will be focussing on a number of significant issues. The first, and one that affects a huge number of small businesses is that of the theft of tools from both sites and from vehicles. Too many tradesmen are losing the tools of their trade, causing horrendous problems. Thus we will be looking at what can be done, how we can protect the sites and vans and how we can make stolen tools less attractive to the second hand market.

We will also be holding a number of workshop events around the Country for Police officers from all forces to highlight the problems these industries face. These events will include stolen plant and machinery identification courses. 

Next we aim to hold a number of cybercrime events highlighting the huge danger that international E-criminals can wreak to businesses and the tricks to look out for to prevent you from becoming a victim.  

Finally in November 2022 we hope to run our main conference combining all the above subjects. 

So please look around the site, use what reference materials may be of use and utilise them. Moreover become involved, and if you like what you see become a member! 

So have a great 2022 and make sure it’s both a safe and secure one!

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