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Allianz backs new construction machinery theft prevention unit

The key message from the taskforce is that collaboration across all relevant industries are ‘essential’ for the unit's success

Allianz Insurance has backed the new Agricultural and Construction Equipment (ACE) specialist police unit which aims to fight construction machinery theft.

The key message from the taskforce is that collaboration across all relevant industries “are essential” for the unit’s success.

The group stated that with the aid of several other insurers, the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), this is a “real step forward” in combating construction theft.

The first official launch of the unit took place in April this year, where it was introduced to police forces nationwide, key partners and collaborating trade associations.

The first scheduled meeting of the ACE team, manufacturers, operators, hirers and insurers will take place in September 2021, whereby formal introductions will take place, and first objectives will be discussed.

Steven Kelly, head of insurance for engineering construction and power, Allianz Insurance, said: “We are very happy to get behind this new taskforce. It is definitely a step in the right direction, and with so many different insurers with a keen interest in construction, it is a real encouraging and positive step in fighting this type of crime.

“We look forward to working with the new unit, helping in any way we can to ensure they can get on with the job of catching these thieves.”

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