The following articles and PowerPoint presentations may gave you some insight into the problems faced by plant-hire companies, and methods to consider in tackling those threats.

PANIU Crime Prevention Leaflet

(PDF, 6.55 MB)

PANIU (Plant and Agricultural National Intelligence Unit) has produced a leaflet to help tackle theft in the industry

CPA Hires - Best Practice in Tackling the Threat of Plant Theft

(PDF, 136 KB)

An article written by Michael Gregory of JCB Insurance

Metropolitan Police Fraud Animations Campaign

In September 2018, the Metropolitan Police Service FALCON (Fraud and Linked Crime ONline) launched new Little Guide animations that aim to raise awareness and promote behaviour change around some common fraud types. 

The animations relate to:

  • Payment fraud
  • Computer software service fraud
  • Romance/dating fraud
  • Online shopping fraud

Payment Fraud (sometimes known as Mandate Fraud or CEO Fraud) occurs when criminals contact a victim, either via email, phone call or letter.  They pretend to be an existing client, business, or even an employee of the company.  They then ask for a new payment to be made, or an existing direct debit mandate to be changed, with the new details going to them. See the video clip below and visit www.met.police.uk/fraud for more information and resources created by FALCON.

In 2017, over 1,500 instances of Payment Fraud occurred, totalling £51m (an average of £33k per offence).

Payment Fraud video

Launch of MicroCESAR

STIHL, one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, became the first company to adopt MicroCESAR, an equipment security marking system. Developed by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) using Datatag security marking technologies and back-up, MicroCESAR is the latest addition to the hugely successful CESAR Scheme which protects larger plant and equipment.

MicroCESAR uses Datatag security marking technologies to give each piece of equipment a unique and permanent ‘fingerprint’ that thieves cannot remove. Using a combination of a unique Datatag RFID transponder and a tamper proof warning/registration label with an integrated QR code MicroCESAR provides the Police with quick and easy verification of ownership without the need for special equipment or lengthy laboratory testing.

As an added bonus the Datatag technology used in the MicroCESAR system can also be used to assist in stock management helping companies track tools in and out of jobs and allowing users to easily access on-line health and safety advice and user manuals through the unique QR code and mobile enabled MicroCESAR website.

Many other leading manufacturers are set to follow protecting a range of construction and landscaping equipment such as power tools, cut-off saws, hand-held hydraulic breakers and compaction plates.

E-Mail Warning from the Metropolitan Police

There is an email is in circulation pertaining to come from a Met Police email account. The email sender is shown as crime@content.met.police.uk. This is not a valid Metropolitan Police email address. The subject is shown as Crime Prevention Advice. 

A file called 11212527.zip is shown as attached to the email. The text of the message is as follows:

TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
See attached document to read more about crime prevention advice. 
Regards, 
Metropolitan Police Service

Intelligence suggests that if the attachment is opened iSpy key logger malware is downloaded on to the host device. If you receive an email from crime@content.met.police.uk do not open any attachments and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk  

CITS Presentation

(PDF, 2.17 MB)

PDF of a PowerPoint presentation delivered to CITS by Iain Anderson, Joint Managing Director of GAP Group, about the impact that theft and fraud have had on his business

Theft and Fraud in the Construction Industry

(PDF, 1.36 MB)

PDF of a PowerPoint presentation delivered by Sam Alcock of HSB Engineering