CEA and industry allies commit £650,000 to strengthen UK’s fight against machinery theft


The Construction Equipment Association (CEA), together with key industry stakeholders like the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and leading insurance companies such as NFU Mutual, has committed a substantial investment, totalling £650,000 over the next three years, to the UK’s fight against machinery theft.

This significant funding is dedicated to advancing the goals and objectives of the CEA’s CESAR Scheme and allocated to boost the National Rural Crime Unit (NRCU) and the National Construction & Agricultural Theft Team (NCATT).

This collaborative funding initiative represents a strategic approach to tackle the escalating issue of equipment theft, which not only affects individual businesses but also has broader implications for the UK’s economy and infrastructure development.

As the longstanding custodian of this police fund, the CEA recognises the importance of collaborative efforts in this area. CEA CEO Suneeta Johal commented on the initiative, stating, “The escalating issue of machinery theft across our country not only disrupts the operational efficiency of businesses but also poses a significant threat to the broader construction sector and rural communities. The allocated funds are dedicated to advancing the goals and objectives of the CESAR Scheme, significantly enhancing its capabilities in combating the theft of plant machinery and agricultural equipment.

Our forthcoming financial contribution to the NRCU and NCATT, set to be formally announced in January reflects our commitment to safeguarding the industry’s assets and the future. We are confid