• Bicycles Secure Your Bicycle
  • Home Protection Protect Your Home
  • Secure Your Business Secure Your Business
  • Secure Your Bicycle

    The DataDot Bicycle Theft Deterrent and Recovery System is an EASY TO USE pen application which allows the fitment of over 2000 microdots to your bicycle to ensure that its identity is protected. It is available for the recommended retail price of R250.00 excluding delivery and fitment per kit.

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  • Protect Your Home

    Home burglary can be expensive, inconvenient and even frightening. That's why it's essential to take appropriate measures to protect your valuable belongings. DataDot Theft Deterrent and Recovery Solution is a popular choice for those who wish to protect household items such as cell phones, tablets, TVs, computers and cameras. Technologically advanced, easy to apply and cost effective, DataDot is the number one option for your theft prevention needs.

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  • Secure Your Business

    Commercial crime costs South Africa millions each year and it's not about to stop! All businesses are affected by theft with more often than not disasterous consequences. In addition a struggling economy increases the temptation to steal. Despite efforts to secure assets the number of incidents are increasing and often take a long time to be discovered.

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Victims of Crime Survey 2016/17

Victims of Crime Survey Released

Key findings from the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) have recently been released. The research was conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) from April 2016 to March 2017.


For the last 20 years numerous surveys related to crime, crime victims and users of safety and security services and departments have been conducted. The results of these surveys are aimed at assisting government to measure the extent and levels of crime. In order for the Police to compile accurate statistics it is important that crimes are reported.

The survey covers 4 main topics:

  1. Household experience of Crime
  2. Individual experience of Crime
  3. Individual and Community Response to Crime
  4. Attitudes and Perceptions of Crime

Key Findings

  • Household crime in South Africa has been decreasing, however there is a trend showing that fewer households are victimized but more often (Repeat Victimisation Index).
  • Individual crime experienced by selected members of households aged 16 years and older has declined. The Free State and Mpumalanga provinces show a slower decline compared to other provinces.
  • There is no noteworthy difference between male and female headed households in terms of the number of incidents per household. However, male headed households were more likely to be victimised compared to female-headed households. White Households were more likely to experience a large number of incidents of crime, while households headed by coloured people were more likely to be victimized.
  • The most common crime was housebreaking or burglary, followed by theft of livestock and home robbery. Crimes least experienced by households were murder and theft of crops planted by the household. Motor vehicle related crime (theft of motor vehicle, theft out of motor vehicle and motor vehicle vandalism/deliberate damage of motor vehicle) accounted for about 14,7% of all household crime.
  • The most common individual crime is theft of personal property, followed by assault and robbery.
  • Only 51% of victims of housebreaking reported the crime to the police due to “police could do nothing” and “the police would do nothing”. 38% that did report the crimes were happy with the police response.
  • The feeling of being safe walking in the neighbourhood has declined – this is especially at night.
  • The insurance status of vehicles for households that experienced motor vehicle theft affects the number of cases reported.
  • It is still debatable what criminals look for or find during housebreaking. It is however not possible to say whether housebreakers target some items or whether they simply take what they find. Estimates show that over 54 % of households lost electronic equipment while 29% reported lost cellphones.
  • With regards to individual crimes cellphones led the list of items lost through theft of personal property affecting 84% of the victims. This was followed by theft of money, purse or wallet affecting over 51% of the victims.

More in depth results can be found in the Stats SA Publication - Victims of Crime Survey.  Alternatively read more about crime stats in South Africa released by the South African Police Service.

Did you know.........
Microdots can be applied to any item of value to uniquely identify an asset?

Apart from providing currently over 3.9 million vehicles with their own DNA - microdots, or as we like to call them DataDots, can be applied to any asset of value. This means that if the valuable item or asset is stolen and recovered it can be linked back to the owner provided the owner has registered on our DataDot app.

Executive Committee

Craig Wahl

Craig Wahl

Craig is an admitted attorney with experience in Business and Labour Law. After being admitted he worked as a Legal Advisor for SEESA, a business consultancy in East London and George. He joined DataDot Technology SA in 2013 and currently is the CEO of the company.
Derek Menday

Derek Menday

Derek was General Manager of Sales at Cargo Benoni prior to joining AVIS as National Sales Director in 1989. He joined DataDot Technology SA in 2003 and is currently an Executive Director, Executive Committee Member and a Shareholder of the company.
Chad Thomson

Chad Thomson

Chad started his career within the Commercial Security Sector. A change into commerce in 2000 saw him as Managing Director to African Independent Insurance Brokers after which he joined DataDot and currently holds the position of General Manager National Operations.
Chris Naude

Chris Naude

Chris is a Qualified Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Datadot in 2016 he worked at Questus Chartered Accountants and Profert and Vrystaat Mielies in Potchefstroom. He currently holds the position of General Manager - Business Analysis and is the Company Secretary.