Not too many people know as much about theft reduction initiatives as Ray Carroll, who has had a career spanning over 40 years in policing and public service specialising in crime prevention.
Ray was the founder and former Director of Australia’s National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. He was responsible for designing and implementing Australia’s internationally recognized motor vehicle theft reduction strategy that has resulted in a sustained reduction in motor vehicle theft of more than 75% over the past twenty years.
Now the Chairman of DataDot Technology, Ray provides his expert perspective on how the DataDot and PropertyVAULT partnership is taking the lead in reducing all types of property crime.
Almost all property thieves steal in order to convert the stolen property into cash. The NMVTRC’s highly successful car theft strategy was relatively simple; by making it harder for thieves to sell stolen cars into the legitimate market and increasing the likelihood of detection if they tried, then we would remove their financial motivation. This strategy was based on facilitating microdot identification across the motor industry, establishing a comprehensive nationally connected registration system and promoting active surveillance and reporting of suspicious sales transactions.
Subaru the legacy client of DataDot Technology fits DataDotDNA microdots to all vehicles imported into Australia
Other than our car however, none of our personal property is subject to a nationally connected registration system and while most product manufacturers’ standard identification systems may be fine for a warranty claim they aren’t designed to defeat thieves. These deficiencies create major problems when either reporting a theft to the police, trying to locate a stolen item or even proving ownership if the stolen property is found. Likewise, without easy access to stolen property reports, there is no opportunity for the community to identify suspicious property being offered for sale.
These inherent deficiencies are now being actively overcome by the Datadot and PropertyVAULT partnership. The growing number of daily recoveries being achieved by PropertyVAULT’s BikeVAULT demonstrates how the application of these simple principles that worked so well for car theft can be applied to almost all other types of valuable property such as boats, plant and equipment, and even home electronics and personal jewellery.
Datadot’s suite of microdot and other bespoke identification technologies overcome identification problems by providing conclusive tamper-resistant identification that links directly to the item’s owner via their PropertyVAULT registration.
Thieves and black-market traders use the same avenues as legitimate sellers to sell stolen property and this is their most vulnerable time in the theft to cash process. The power of an informed community cannot be overestimated as the ability to identifying stolen property during this sales process has proven to be critical to effective stolen property detection and recovery.
The combination of effective identification, secure registration, expert assistance and active community surveillance that the Datadot and PropertyVAULT range of products and services provide mirrors the elements that made up the successful vehicle theft strategy. The NMVTRC’s success demonstrates that when all of these crime prevention elements come together the sum is much greater than the parts.
Ray Carroll I Chairman
DataDot Technology Ltd