Nick Mayell, Datatag’s Police Liaison and Training Officer, gave valuable assistance which enabled a North Yorkshire constabulary police officer to identify a stolen Bomag roller.

In late March Nick Mayell received a call from PC Ben Astin, who had recently attended one of the accredited AITS police training courses which Nick teaches, after he pulled over a suspect truck towing a trailer with a Bomag BW80 roller on it.

Datatag’s Nick Mayell teaches officers about rational selection and the number one Datatag powered CESAR scheme to help recover and identify stolen machinery. The CESAR Scheme which is made up of state of the art technologies helps officers to identify suspect machines and recover them back to their rightful owner. CESAR which was launched ten years ago protects a veritable who’s who of leading machinery such as JCB, Manito, John Deere, to name just a few.

North Yorkshire officer PC Ben Astin who attended the training course decided to use his rational selection techniques which he had learned on the course when he pulled over a suspect truck towing a trailer containing the not CESAR marked Bomag BW80 roller. He then phoned Nick Mayell for further assistance to help identify the Bomag as stolen.

PC Astin’s instinct was right, the manufacturer’s serial number plate was missing and the chassis number had been ground out. Nick assisted PC Astin locate a covert number on the German built machine giving its true identity. A quick check on Datatag’s secure database, through the 24/7 hotline, revealed that the Bomag roller had been stolen from Scunthorpe in late October 2016.

PC Astin was delighted that less than a month after doing the accredited training course his new knowledge had already helped to recover a highly valuable machine. This is what he said “Without the invaluable knowledge obtained from the Datatag course it would not have been possible to identify the road roller as stolen. Nick Mayell’s passion and enthusiasm shone through and gave me the confidence to tackle plant theft”