The Datatag Police Liaison Team (PLT) are a key link between the Datatag team and Police across the UK. With relationships growing throughout the UK, Datatag has hired Vincent Lane to join the team to support the ongoing operation.

Vincent has a 17-year career history as a PC and is a specialist vehicle examiner with extensive experience with the Datatag product range. Vincent also spent a long spell as a dedicated rural response officer with a particular passion for tackling vehicle crime where he personally recovered a significant number of stolen vehicles with a value of in excess of £1.2million. Vincent has recovered far in excess of this throughout his career, especially during his secondment to NaVCIS.

Vincent’s role with Datatag involves working with the police forces in the south of England examining vehicles and machinery, including plant, cars, motorcycles and watercraft. He will also be responsible for the investigation, identification, and reinstatement of a recovered asset and assisting Police officers with training on the Datatag CESAR scheme and law enforcement.

Vincent said “ I have a particular passion for tackling vehicle crime and have personally recovered a considerable number of stolen working vehicles. I coordinated our response to all construction and agricultural plant machinery theft throughout Hampshire.

I created a weekly plant theft and rural crime bulletin which included images of each respective machine. This helped fellow police officers, who might not be familiar with plant machinery, of what to look for in stolen machinery on their travels. This generated a good recovery rate of stolen plant. I believe that Datatag is at the forefront of fighting vehicle crime and the CESAR Scheme is a great success.”

Vincent added, “ Following my secondment to NaVCIS I wanted to stay within vehicle crime, therefore, when I saw that Datatag was recruiting – I checked the job description and it ticked all of the boxes and more. I’m delighted to be on the team covering the South Coast where I have many contacts in neighbouring forces and I’m looking forward to providing support and guidance.”

Detective Constable Chris Piggott, who has headed the NaVCIS agricultural unit for the last 10 years commented on Vincent’s new role, he said, “ Having known and worked with Vincent for a number of years in the Police, I know he is doggedly determined and he has a keen eye for a stolen vehicle. He understands the issues that Police officers face on a daily basis in identifying stolen property and will be a huge asset to Datatag bridging the gap between Policing and private industry. I look forward to continuing working with him in the future and continuing to target and disrupt organised criminality.”

Kevin Howells, Managing Director, Datatag ID Ltd said “Over the last three decades Datatag has established itself as one of the leading companies tackling organised crime and proving beyond doubt the true identity of a vehicle – it’s critical for our world-class Police Liaison & Training Officers to continually support Police & Law Enforcement around the UK, Europe, and the World, so when we needed to increase the capacity of our Team we considered over 50 vehicle examiners and ID experts and feel privileged to recruit one of the most experienced, proactive professionals in the industry who is absolutely determined to continue catching criminals and helping Police officers gain prosecutions.

We are extremely fortunate that Vincent Lane has joined Datatag and we cannot wait to see the results he will no doubt achieve.”

The Construction & Agricultural Equipment Security and Registration Scheme (CESAR) is promoted by the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and supported by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), powered by Datatag ID technology and accredited and supported by a wide range of organisations.