A surfacing contractor based in the North of England recently had a JCB 1CX stolen from a site on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire.
An instant alert was sent to the contractor from the TritonTrak system, informing them that their machine was being moved off site.Continue Reading
A major criminal gang have this week been brought to justice over a million-euro-series of crane, excavator and trailer thefts.
The criminals went on their high value equipment theft 'shopping spree', between September 30, 2016 and February 28, 2018.Continue Reading
In a recent webinar, industry voices and safety experts shared invaluable advice on safeguarding the well-being of your workforce and continuity in your business.
Businesses involved in construction and agriculture took part in the Lombard-backed webinar, which focused on the practical steps that firms need to take to ensure they can remain trading – and keep staff safe – during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Continue Reading
2020 continues to be a challenging year for business as it struggles to cope with the effects of COVID-19 in the workplace. This webinar offers guidance on how to keep your business up and running and on mitigating the impacts of the Pandemic.Continue Reading
On the 27th October, the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) received a call that two telehandlers had been stolen.Continue Reading
Navcis officer, Chris Piggott, in conjunction with Datatag has been involved this week (19th October) in the training of 20 officers from West Mercia's Roads Policing and Rural Crime Team's.Continue Reading
On Saturday (10th October) evening, So-Trak alerted one of their customers, a Regional Civil Engineering company with over 100 machines registered with them, that one machine was being used 'out of hours'.Continue Reading
CITS vehicle experts Navcis, have recovered a stolen John Deere 'Ride on Mower' and Deck, which is valued at 16K.Continue Reading
The recently announced CEA's 'CESAR Champion Award' for police officers has had its first recipient. The winner of the first of the exclusive pin badges is Detective Constable (DC) Chris Piggott who is attached to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS).Continue Reading
On Thursday 8th October NaVCIS (National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Police Service), and fellow CITS member Balfour Beatty gave a presentation to West Yorkshire's Roads Crime Team.Continue Reading
On Wednesday 7th October Navcis and CITS OFFICER, Chris Piggott, gave a presentation on theft awareness to NMU's engineers.Continue Reading
On Tuesday 6th October CITS supporters NAVCIS organised a police initiative in conjunction with Highways England.Continue Reading
On Monday 5th October, CITS partners NAVCIS law enforcement officers, spent the day training 16 officers from Sussex's newly formed Rural Crime Team. The team will specialise in the swift identification of stolen agricultural and plant equipment.Continue Reading
NAVCIS have had an extremely hectic week. Over two nights, at the Channel Tunnel, they have been conducting an extensive operation alongside local police forces. Over 600 HGV's and vans were stopped, both to verify ownership and to ensure all goods were legitimate.Continue Reading
CITS member, The Official CESAR Scheme are offering Farmers and residents living in rural communities in North East Derbyshire the opportunity to take advantage of a time limited 50% discount offer to protect their ATV's, tractors, trailers and 4x4 vehicles with Datatag and the Official CESAR Security Marking Scheme.Continue Reading
CITS partners Navcis have been working harder than ever recently, training officers and assisting in the prevention of crime. Over the past two weeks they have helped with the training of over 80 police officers from Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Cheshire and the BTP.Continue Reading
High value GPS equipment fitted to machinery is being stolen from farms and machine dealerships throughout the UK, with the North East particularly being targeted. This is becoming an increasing concern to insurers and police as the equipment is extremely difficult to recover.Continue Reading
A 2018 Honda quad bike model TRX420FM has been recovered.
This particular model has a “warn” Plough - believe to have been removed by suspected thieves -, and also has a front winch fitted. It also has a “Quad Tech” label on the rear plate.Continue Reading
It has been reported that there has been a national surge in the theft of quad bikes and ATVs. Rural insurer NFU Mutual have reported that areas in the North and South-West England have been particularly targeted in recent months.Continue Reading
Police were yesterday involved in a major raid of a travellers site in Star Lane, Orpington, Kent in a bid to stamp out crime across South East England.
The site was raided just before 3am by both the Firearms Tactical teams and local officers from the Metropolitan Police and assisted by NAVCIS officers and other agencies including the Home Office Modern Slavery unit.Continue Reading
CITS supporters NAVCIS, this week assisted Warwickshire Rural Crime Team with a warrant and recovered a stolen IFOR Williams Trailer, a Suzuki motorcycle with a stolen engine and 5 suspected Stihl power tools.Continue Reading
CITS are pleased to announce that THE BRITISH Security Industry Association (BSIA) has welcomed certification body Thatcham Research's extension to the proposed withdrawal date of its Whole Vehicle Marking certification to 31 December 2022 in order to allow sufficient time for a new British Standard to be developed and introduced as its replacement going forward.Continue Reading
Tools are stolen from a tradesperson’s vehicle every 20 minutes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to research from insurance company Direct Line.
CITS have been alerted to the latest Construction Index article of the alarming number of tools stolen from vans. Freedom of information requests to police forces revealed that there were 28,681 cases of tool theft from vehicles in 2019, equating to 78 incidences every day of the week.Continue Reading
NaVCIS freight officer Mike Dawber has this week been assisting Cheshire Police in a recovery named - Operation FREIGHT.Continue Reading
Long standing CITS supporters and the official industry security Scheme CESAR, has recently given an interview with an update on tackling plant theft.Continue Reading
CITS member and partner NaVCIS, this week assisted Warwickshire Police with a mini-excavator check on the M40. The police had become suspicious of a van towing the mini-excavator, and so it was stopped.Continue Reading
CITS member NFU Mutual has this week published their latest crime report confirming that rural crime is on the increase. The report confirms £54.3m of claims in 2019, which is up by an increase of nearly 9% compared to previous years, and at its highest in 8 years.Continue Reading
Thames Valley Police (TVP) yesterday (28th July) seized a JCB telehandler, as part of a complex police investigation into Modern Day Slavery offences in Wantage. The telehandler was identified as stolen from the Wiltshire area in 2008.Continue Reading
CITS and their crime fighting partners have identified an increase in theft, recent reports have shown an increase in the value of items being stolen compared to last year. A particular problem currently is the theft of Tractors and other large plant.Continue Reading
CITS partners NAVCIS in conjunction with Northumbria Police and CITS security member Can Track Global, have recovered a stolen Hamm HD12 Roller which was seized in Romania. The machine at the time was being used to construct a road over there.Continue Reading
CITS partners NAVCIS earlier this month followed up some intelligence, which led them to a seller of a Thwaites Dumper and a Kubota Excavator in Dorset. Both machines subsequently were seized for examination and have turned out to have been stolen from Surrey in 2019.Continue Reading
The Thieves were out and about last night (27 July) in West Yorkshire, Two machines were stolen including a Thwaites dumper truck from the Wakefield area.Continue Reading
Another successful recovery from CITS member, John Mussett of CanTrack Global. John has today recovered a roller which thieves had hidden in woodland.Continue Reading
The owner of the previously reported GAP machine has now been found. CITS were alerted of an ex GAP machine which has been found in the back of a stolen van in Bedfordshire. The machine which was sold back in 2013 was found but had no new keeper details identified.Continue Reading
The COVID 19 epidemic continues to bring a significant increase in the theft of plant and equipment and an increase in recovery operations by CITS supporters and partners.Continue Reading
Ian Elliott, CITS Vice Chairman and UK group head of security for utility services and construction specialist, Clancy Docwra recently gave journalist Peter Haddock some expert advice - fighting back against the plant theft lockdown boom - the second in the podcast 'fighting theft'.Continue Reading
CITS have been alerted by the Construction Plant Association (CPA) that there has been another stolen plant report, this time a Karcher towable HDS 17/20 pressure washer/bowser.Continue Reading
CITS are appealing to equipment dealers, plant hire companies and to the whole industry to stay alert!! Geith Warehouse in Deeside, outside Liverpool have echoed this alert after they were broken into on Friday evening (22nd May).Continue Reading
A theft has been reported to CITS member's the Construction Plant Association that on late Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th of May. The following items were stolen from Laverick Plant's Moulton depot, near Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire.Continue Reading
This Scania lorry and low loader with 20 tonne Komatsu tractor on the back, was stolen at 4am this morning (23rd May 2020) from Boreham, Essex.Continue Reading
A machine stolen 3 days ago in Hertfordshire has been recovered.
The Can Track Asset tracker went live after the theft was reported this morning in North Kent.Continue Reading
6 tractors were stolen from Cassington in Oxfordshire between 22.00 - 06.00 this morning (21st May 2020) as follows:
- AD19 OBE - VIN: HACT7210TKE106179
- AD19 OBF - VIN: HACT7210AKE106224
- AE19 EJZ - VIN: HACT7210VKE106223
- AE19 EJV - VIN: HACT7210TKE106084
- AE19 EJL - VIN: HACT7210JKE106008
- HX19 BVL - VIN: HACT7210VKE101281
CITS police representative Chris Piggott has recovered yet more stolen items, this includes 6 caravans and 2 trailers. Chris was alerted by security experts Tracker that a caravan had been stolen from the Derbyshire area and was heading in the direction of Warwickshire.Continue Reading
5 more machines all fitted with CESAR have been recovered this week. They were stolen from the UK and shipped to Poland.Continue Reading
A digger stolen 6 years ago whilst works were being carried out on a police station has been discovered and easily identified thanks to the industries CESAR scheme. The recovery will enable the insurance company to recover some of their pay out costs from the sale of the machine!Continue Reading
CITS member Automatrics were contacted by one of their plant hire customers to report a Takeuchi TB230 stolen overnight from a worksite close to Highfield south of Sheffield.Continue Reading
Automatrics were contacted by a plant hire customer reporting a Kubota K008-3 Micro Digger stolen from a work site south of Frodsham Golf Course in Cheshire.Continue Reading
Stephen Redfern and Gareth Townley from Lancaster, using mobile numbers 07404 069950 and 07404 070376 are arranging plant hires for delivery to empty premises - usually advertised for let.
They are then stealing the plant.Continue Reading
FRAUDSTER - BRIGHTON
We have had someone trying to book a 3-tonne Excavator against a customer's account, but they weren't an employee of the customer.
LANCASHIRE POLICE UPDATE
Lancashire have an investigation running that is very much live and current. On 29/04/20 we were notified of plant equipment worth around £80,000 having been stolen by way of fraudulent hire in the West Yorkshire area.Continue Reading
In April of this year NaVCIS, received communication from the Construction Plant Hire Association, (CPA) describing a series of offences of fraud and theft of plant reported by his members that had occurred in both 2019 and 2020.Continue Reading
During the last fortnight, there has been a marked increase in plant and tool theft from both vehicles and site compounds. The sharp spike in thefts is largely due to construction firms and contractors temporarily scaling down work and shutting jobsites due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Continue Reading
In these challenging times, the Combined Industries Theft Solutions Board (CITS) and its associated members, have been reporting an increase in the number of plant and agricultural equipment thefts and fraud events that have been occurring during the lockdown period.Continue Reading
Information from members of the farming community has played a vital role in two recent operations involving Warwickshire Police and the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) which led to the recovery of a treasure trove of machinery worth hundreds of thousands of pounds which had been stolen from farms across the UK.Continue Reading
We're hearing the word 'un-precedented' a great deal currently. These are indeed challenging times, and thieves never fail to take their opportunity in times of uncertainty.
We've seen strong levels of theft this year, and even as construction sites are starting to close operations as i write this, our Investigations Unit are still active and recovering stolen plant and commercial vehicles. We are currently deemed as an essential service due to our activity reducing crime.Continue Reading
These are some testing times for us all at the moment - as the coronavirus emergency seems to be affecting everyone's lives and livelihood.
Last week we decided to postpone the next PLANTWORX show from next year to 14th-16th June 2022. When we set up the show on behalf of the industry this was done on the basis of it being held in alternating years with the Hillhead Exhibition (Buxton). This was because the two events have a number of exhibitors and visitors in common and a more crowded exhibition programme was not what our members and their customers wanted.Continue Reading