PC Hutch touched by crime-fighting award for helping keep thieves away from Northamptonshire farms

Tech firm thanks rural crime officer for keeping their call centre busy!

Friday, 5th February 2021, 11:12 am

A security firm has given a Northamptonshire Police officer a huge thank-you — for keeping their call centre busy!

CESAR security systems are designed to keep thieves away from agricultural and construction machinery and help track anything that does get stolen.

It also gives Police the chance to check on suspect vehicles turning up on their patch — a crime-fighting tool PC Hutch Hutchings, of Northants Rural Crime Team, made good use of during 2020.

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So CESAR made him their first Champion of the New Year as one of the UK's most proactive rural crime cops.

Hutch contacted the CESAR Contact Centre more than 50 times during the last 12 months to check one agricultural plant machinery as part of his work to drive down rural machinery crime.

Dave Luscombe from the Construction Equipment Association presented the award to PC Hutchings in a socially-distanced handover.

Hutch said “During my career, I’ve worked in various roles ranging from road crime, road policing and now rural crime officer and vehicle and plant machinery examiner.

PC Hutch gets his Champion award from Dave Luscombe

"One of the biggest issues whilst policing in all these roles is being able to identify the unidentifiable. The CESAR scheme allows this to happen where devices are fitted and I’m glad to see it expanding across a variety of brands and machines”

PC Hutchings ran run multiple 'CESAR-IT' days across the UK to encourage local machine owners to protect their older machines, providing advice and information.

CESAR, powered by Datatag, can be fitted to any construction or agriculture machine that are at risk of theft. The tamper evident label acts as an initial deterrent and the multiple layers of technology help to identify the machine.

All the owner and machine details are stored on the CESAR secure database for police officers — like Hutch — to double-check any machine quickly and easily.