Theft of farm machinery is a serious inconvenience and certainly will not help keep your insurance premiums down. In Britain, where theft of tractors and plant is a far bigger problem, Datatag ID Ltd operates the CESAR (construction and agricultural equipment security and registration) scheme.
CESAR already has wide support in the agricultural and construction markets in Britain, including the backing of the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the police, the Home Office and the British Machinery Insurers' Association (BMIA). The AEA announced its support for the scheme and the datatag system last year, in association with the CEA.
To help counter the increasing problem of machinery theft, John Deere has announced that all its Mannheim-built tractors will be fitted with the official CESAR scheme Datatag security system as standard, starting later this year. This will cover all 5M and 5R series, 6030 standard and premium series, and 7430 and 7530 models. John Deere dealers will also be trained to install Datatag on other product lines in due course, where it is not available ex-factory.
The Datatag system includes unique tamperproof CESAR registration plates, which are prominently fitted to the tractor to deter theft or vandalism along with additional state-of-the-art ID technology, including miniature transponders, Datadots and a unique forensic DNA solution. John Deere says its dealers will keep individual records of tagged machines, and details of all stolen CESAR-registered machines can be circulated by Datatag worldwide, to 187 countries via Europol and Interpol, from its secure 24/7 accredited database and call centre, which is supported by the British Home Office and police.
Specifically relating to Ireland, Deere says that Datatag has been in discussions for many months regarding the launch and use of the system, and these talks are still ongoing. They also apparently have the support of the gardai and interest from several leading insurers, who can see the difference the tag is having in Britain.
JD says that, through its parts system, individual door keys are available for John Deere tractors, and anti-vandal kits to lock the bonnet, side shield, fuel tank, transmission oil reservoir and hydraulic oil reservoir, are also available.