DataDot Foils Car Wheel Scam

Range Rover Evoque

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.

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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.