Official CESAR Scheme

Plant and agricultural machinery theft is an estimated £1 million a week headache for the construction & agricultural industry and its insurers.*

The CESAR Scheme was established in 2008 and the industry has united behind this official construction and agricultural equipment security and registration scheme - the premier initiative to combat equipment theft. Over 625,000 machines are now registered and protected with the CESAR Scheme.

To combat theft and aid recovery CESAR combines:
State of the art Datatag ID technology
Overt and covert deterrents
A low one off cost to protect your machine for life
A secure and accredited dedicated 24/7 UK Secure Contact Centre

The triangular CESAR registration plate has become the industry standard identification mark with support from local authorities, leading contractors, the farming community, hire companies, the police, insurers and finance companies.

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) fully support the scheme along with other stakeholders including: Leading equipment manufacturers, importers and dealers, The Home Office, The police, Plant hire companies, Trade associations, Major insurers.

The chosen delivery partner for the official CESAR Scheme is Datatag ID Ltd.

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What IS CESAR? - Watch the video

CESAR - A unique layered approach to crime prevention and asset identification

CESAR Scheme Twitter Feed


Police Training Event

Police to Police training and briefing on detection techniques to assist forces based around the West Midlands (West Mids, Warwickshire, West Mercia, Staffordshire, Leicestershire Police Forces).

Features CESAR’s police liaison team to include expert advice on detecting criminal networks.

Recent Recovery

CESAR Recovery


Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team and Congleton Police recover stolen plant equipment, highlighting the importance of CESAR marking scheme. The Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team recently celebrated the recovery and reunion of a stolen excavator with its rightful owner.

  • Cheshire, UK
  • March 2023
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Other Recoveries / Identified

The Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration Scheme