The value in applying microdots was once again proved in Cape Town where the application of the dots helped in exposing a battery scam. The owner of a MotoMia Scooter found microdots on the bike’s battery and called our DataDot offices to investigate further. Our representative in Cape Town immediately linked the number on the microdot to the scooter confirming it’s VIN (vehicle identification) number, make, model, colour and date of fitment.
According to the owner the battery kept on running flat even though the battery supplier claimed that they had replaced the old battery with a new one, and had been paid for it by the owner. The microdots, however, were proof that the "new" battery was in fact the "old" one.
A STOLEN TV was RECOVERED AND IDENTIFIED in Thembalethu thanks to the microdots found on it by the SAPS. Two years ago a house owner reported a break in and the theft of her LG Television - a prized but uninsured asset. Fortunately for the owner she had participated in the Dot What U Got project whereby her assets were dotted free of charge and the details captured on the DataDot app. She was astounded when the SAPS contacted her to say they had found her television. The person found in possession of the television will be prosecuted.
Many households in this region have been broken into in the past and some items have been recovered, but could not be returned to the rightful owners, as the SAPS could not identify the items.
Read more on the Dot What U Got Project.
A Volkswagen Polo was recently taken to one our fitment centres - B & S Services - in preparation for a Police Clearance. The correct procedure was undertaken whereby the vehicle was checked for microdots prior to fitment. DataDots were found but the information on the microdot did not match the identification details on the vehicle itself. SAPS were called in to investigate. A very big well done to all involved. Together Let's Fight Crime!
Having pioneered microdotting in South Africa we can once again confirm that microdots not only curb theft, but also successfully aid in the recovery of stolen assets. This was the case when we assisted with a Land Rover and Jaguar dealership in a theft that occurred at their premises.
According to the Land Rover and Jaguar dealership, a set of Range Rover Evoque wheels disappeared while the upmarket vehicle was in for a routine service. Fortunately the vehicle and all its parts had been microdotted with DataDot. “A few weeks later we received an email from a local tyre and wheel supplier saying that they had stock of tyres and rims” , the dealer said. The replacement value of the tyres and rims would normally amount to R60,000 but were advertised as R24,000 by the tyre dealer.
Apart from the suspicious pricing, the dealership suspected the wheels might have microdots applied and contacted DataDot Technology to assist. Closer inspection not only revealed the wheels had multiple microdots visible but that they also matched the exact Vehicles Identification Number (VIN ) of the Land Rover Evoque tyres and rims that were stolen.
The discovery of DataDots and the ability to connect tyre with vehicle enabled the South African Police Service to take matters further leading to the arrest of two individuals who sold the R60,000 wheels for a mere R3,500.
DataDots were identified on a Nissan Almera that was involved in a car chase in Germiston, Gauteng. The vehicle was linked back to a theft in Soshanguve in August the previous year. A man who was on the police's most wanted list was killed and three others arrested during the car chase. The men are allegedly linked to a number of car thefts.