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    Combined Industries Theft Solutions

July 2020

THAMES VALLEY POLICE SEIZE JCB TELEHANDLER DURING A MODERN DAY SLAVERY INVESTIGATION

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.

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July 2020

CITS WARN OF AN INCREASE IN THEFT

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.

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July 2020

STOLEN MACHINE IS RECOVERED IN ROMANIA

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.

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July 2020

NAVCIS OFFICERS RECOVER MACHINERY IN DORSET!

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.

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July 2020

CITS SECURITY EXPERTS RECOVER STOLEN ITEMS OVERNIGHT

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.

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July 2020

HIDE AND SEEK FOR CITS INVESTIGATOR

Another successful recovery from CITS member, John Mussett of CanTrack Global. John has today recovered a roller which thieves had hidden in woodland.

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July 2020

GAP MACHINE OWNER NOW FOUND

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.

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June 2020

COVID 19 EPIDEMIC CONTINUES TO BRING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THEFT

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.

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May 2020

VICE CHAIRMAN GIVES FIGHTING THEFT PODCAST

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'.

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May 2020

STOLEN - PRESSURE WASHER BOWSER

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.

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May 2020

CITS SAYS STAY ALERT

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).

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May 2020

LATEST THEFT ALERT

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.

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May 2020

STOLEN TRACTOR ALERT

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.

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May 2020

CITS SUPPORTERS RECOVER STOLEN MACHINE

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.

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May 2020

STOLEN TRACTORS ALERT

6 tractors were stolen from Cassington in Oxfordshire between 22.00 - 06.00 this morning (21st May 2020) as follows:

  • AD19 OBE - VIN: HACT7210TKE106179
    Datatag-24AW8S
  • AD19 OBF - VIN: HACT7210AKE106224
    Datatag-27AW8H
  • AE19 EJZ - VIN: HACT7210VKE106223
    Datatag-34AW8S
  • AE19 EJV - VIN: HACT7210TKE106084
    Datatag-40AW8S
  • AE19 EJL - VIN: HACT7210JKE106008
    Datatag-34AW60
  • HX19 BVL - VIN: HACT7210VKE101281
    Datatag-44AU6Z
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May 2020

CITS POLICE REPRESENTATIVE RECOVERS MORE STOLEN ITEMS

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.

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May 2020

CITS INITIATIVE CESAR HAS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL WEEK IN RECOVERING STOLEN MACHINERY!

5 more machines all fitted with CESAR have been recovered this week. They were stolen from the UK and shipped to Poland.

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May 2020

THE INDUSTRY SCHEME CESAR RECOVERS ANOTHER MACHINE!

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!

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May 2020

CITS MEMBER AUTOMATRICS AND SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE RECOVER STOLEN TAKEUCHI!

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.

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May 2020

STOLEN KUBOTA K008-3 MICRO DIGGER SAFELY RECOVERED

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.

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May 2020

CITS NEWS ALERT - LANCASHIRE POLICE

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.

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May 2020

FRAUD ALERT AND POLICE UPDATE

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.

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May 2020

REPORT RELATING TO PLANT FRAUD AND THEFT REPORTED TO NAVCIS

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.

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May 2020

CONSTRUCTION PLANT THEFT SOARS BY AN ESTIMATED 50% AS COVID-19 FORCES SITES TO CLOSE

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.

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May 2020

TACKLING PLANT THEFT – ANCHOR FM INTERVIEW WITH DATATAG’S NICK MAYELL

Time to fight back against Plant Theft: Police Liaison specialist Nick from Datatag ID Ltd explains how sophisticated criminal gangs are working to steal equipment and what we can do to stop them.

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April 2020

POLICE RECOVER IN EXCESS OF 100K WORTH OF STOLEN EQUIPMENT DURING C19 LOCKDOWN

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.

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April 2020

NFU MUTUAL FARM MACHINERY RECOVERY - SHARED INFORMATION HELPS POLICE RECOVER STOLEN FARM MACHINERY WORTH HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS

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.

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March 2020

COVID-19 SECURITY GUIDE

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.

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March 2020

PLANTWORX 2022 JUNE 14-16th

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.

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