THE CESAR system was originally set up in 2007 by the construction industry and was extended to agricultural equipment two years later.
It is a UK system that has also been adopted so far in Ireland and Sweden, and is a collaboration between trade associations and forensic marking experts Datatag.
Figures from the police and insurers show that more than 250,000 machines are fitted with CESAR and less than one per cent have been stolen. More than a fifth of stolen CESAR-marked machines have been recovered.
The system is supported by the Home Office and is approved by major insurers and in some cases qualifies for lower insurance premiums and reduced excesses.