Plant and Agricultural Machinery Theft Awareness and Identification


Every week £1 000 000 worth of plant and agricultural machinery is stolen from all over the UK (Home Office Figures). The theft is low risk to the criminal with little chance of being checked or the plant being examined while it is being moved around the country.

It is estimated that only 5-10% of stolen plant and agricultural machinery is ever restored to its rightful owners.

What you will study

This course will give the student an extensive knowledge base about the nature and extent of plant theft. Including a comprehensive understanding of rational selection,i.e. What to stop. A full understanding of a preliminary roadside check, i.e. What to look for when you have stopped it. How to recognise fake and altered chassis numbers. How to recognise fraudulent and tampered chassis plates. Understanding paints and primers. Understanding CESAR and the importance that this ACPO accredited scheme can assist you. Other plant databases and the implications of using them. Understanding of chemical and thermal restoration. Accurately ageing a machine on the roadside. Health and Safety - the dangers surrounding plant.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Pre-course study


Study method

Classroom based with practical inputs.

What you will need

All equipment will be provided.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course. There is a final written examination and a practical assessment.

Whats the qualification

An Award in Stolen Plant and Agricultural Machinery Theft Awareness and Identification from IMI Awards.

How to register

The course runs on demand. Alternatively it can be run in your workplace for up to 12 people. To book a place on this course, contact AiTS.

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The course at a glance

Code: SV3001
Credits: --
Level: Award
Duration: 2 days
Type: Classroom
Assessment: Practical and Written


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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