The Mining Industry
“South Africa is blessed with a special geological heritage. As such, the mining industry has been the bedrock of the South African economy for more than a century.”
(President Nelson Mandela, 104th AGM of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, 8 November 1994)
Asset protection, identification and recovery is still a main concern for the South African mining industry with the loss of its assets having a direct negative impact on the profit margin
In most instances the cost of the solution is less costly than the theft of the assets and in the case of DataDot Technology the solution is not only cost effective but also easy to apply and use.
In a recent study by Riana Horn it was found that more than half of theft occurrences in mines involved items that were easily disposed of and a further 17% involved assets that the perpetrators could use themselves. The most significant assets at risk were:
- Corrugated iron or steel
- Equipment and tools
- Building material
- Mobile phones
- Laptops and computers
- Security cameras
Twenty-five techniques were developed by Clarke and Eck (2003:33-34) in response to changes in how to understand crime, theories on reducing crime, and the changes in crime itself. These techniques were tabulated into the five strategic phases of situational crime prevention models. The application of DataDots has a role to play in 2 of these areas.