10 Stolen Vehicles Identified with DataDot

10 Stolen Vehicles Recovered and Identified with DataDot

A Great Start to 2018!


Over 10 stolen vehicles were recovered and identified through the use of DataDot Technology during the Festive Season. The vehicles included a Hilux, Etios, UD Truck, H100, Polo and Yaris.

Over 3.9 million new vehicles in South Africa are now marked with DataDot Microdots. Vehicle Crime Syndicates are wary of motor vehicles fitted with a DataDot Microdot system because they are aware that the vehicle - or any part of it - can be identified by one of the tiny dots that are sprayed onto the vehicle.

Some facts you need to know:]

  • Our first client - Avis - applied microdots to their fleet of vehicles and not only realised a drop in theft, but also an increase in recovery of over 50% in both cases.
  • All new vehicles sold in South Africa must have microdot protection in terms of a 2012 government regulation.
  • These regulations also require a vehicle to be microdotted as part of the police clearance process – typically affecting any second-hand vehicle that has had, for example, a colour or engine change.
  • Statistics show that the theft rate of vehicles fitted with DataDot is lower than average, whilst the recovery of stolen microdotted vehicles is higher than average
    Microdots are an essential protection for owners and have proved to be a huge benefit to police and insurance companies in assisting in the recovery and identification of stolen vehicles. 
  • DataDot South Africa is a proud founding member of The Microdot Association of Southern Africa (MASA) which was established to ensure the successful implementation of the Department of Transport National Standard SANS534-1 and Regulation 56. MASA’s main principles are transparency and accountability to the industry and to the general public.

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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.