Police and industry working in partnership to combat crime

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The Combined Industry Theft Solutions (CITS) group, in partnership with police and partners, held a successful police training event at Kent Police College in Maidstone.

On February 26th, the first CITS police training event of 2024, took place in conjunction with the National Construction and Agricultural Theft Team (NCATT), Police liaison officers of the official CEA’s (Construction Equipment Association’s) CESAR Scheme, representatives of Secure By Design (SBD), NFU Mutual, Leica, Clancy’s, Hitachi and support from Leica and FM Conway.

The special police training event hosted at Kent Police College in Maidstone, hosted over 50 police officers from regional forces, including from Kent Rural Task Force, Kent Road Safety Unit, Surrey Police, Sussex Police, Port of Dover and Essex Police.

The officers attended a full day’s training, which was opened by CITS chairman Ian Elliott, the Group Head of Security for the utility company Clancy.

The police-only CITS training events have been rolled out since 2022, aiming to highlight the current threats and the importance of working in partnerships to tackle crime.

The training was delivered by both specialist police training officers and industry experts including DC Chris Piggott, of NCATT, and Police Liaison officers on behalf of the official CESAR Scheme, who taught officers about current threats around Construction and Agricultural machinery theft and highlighted techniques to identify stolen machinery, rogue equipment movements and common tricks used by criminals to target industry.

CITS Chairman Ian Elliott commented on the success of the day ‘It is really important to create partnerships with Police and highlight the issues our industry faces in these tough times. Working in partnership and educating officers on the current threats and technology available to them to identify suspicious equipment is more vital than ever. The continued success and importance of