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Stolen SA Vehicles in the SADC

Market for Stolen Vehicles in SADC is Growing!

30% of stolen vehicles make their way to SADC regions!

Bryte Insurance, a business risk specialist recently released its Q4 2017 Crime Tracker. The Q4 2017 Bryte Crime Tracker measures quarterly the annual change in crime-related claims (hijacking, robbery, theft and malicious damage) committed against South African businesses. Most noticeable is the following:

  • A sharp rise in incidents of crime against business in Q4 2017
  • A rapid rise in incidents of malicious damage
  • Theft of vehicles and vehicle hijackings dominate.

“Generally, vehicles that are under five years old are the most sought after and with the market for stolen vehicles in the SADC region rapidly growing, four-wheel drive vehicles are particularly targeted to navigate the poor road infrastructure across the region. Toyota’s are also prominent on the list of most stolen vehicles as the engines may be used in minibus taxis,” says Cloud Saungweme - Chief Claims Officer, Bryte Insurance. “Vehicle tracking devices, alarms, telematics and other anti-theft features are critical to lowering the rate of theft but equally collaboration amongst insurance companies can be key to combatting such losses. The Insurance Crime Bureau (ICB), estimates that 30% of vehicles stolen make their way to SADC regions and is doing a fantastic job of assessing and flagging such crime trends. Additionally, the ICB works closely with the government to monitor border posts in an effort to recover stolen vehicles, benefiting consumers, insurers and the economy at large.”

In the past few months DataDot SA have been involved in a number of successful operations where vehicles stolen in South Africa have been recovered in Lesotho with altered details. DDSA was able to establish the correct identity of the vehicles due the DataDot microdots found on the vehicles.

Download the Crime Tracker May 2018 Report.

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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 Senior 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.