Protect Your Bike With Datadotdna (12½% Off For Vorb Users!)

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:15pm

Bikes are easy to steal. They are easy to load onto another vehicle and until now unregistered and hard to track down. In Australia, estimates from the 2004 International Crime Victimisation Survey reveal that around *one in ten Australian bicycle owners are likely to have their bike stolen in the next five years.* Figures are similar in New Zealand, with many thousands of bicycles stolen every year.

DataDotDNA are tiny microdots so small, they are almost invisible to the naked eye, especially when applied to dark surfaces. Hundreds of microdots can be applied per bicycle, all of them laser-etched with a unique police traceable code. This code is registered to the owner on the Recordit/DataDot National Register. Police have access to this National Register and are able to match owners with recovered stolen property.

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Many regular visitors to Vorb will be aware of regular spates of high-end bicycle theft, such as those in Christchurch last year. Fortunately, Police were able to determine those responsible and recover a significant number of stolen bikes and accessories. DataDotDNA microdots applied to recovered bicycles helps ensure a speedy return to the rightful owner in such a situation.

Recordit Limited distribute DataDotDNA Identification Kits in New Zealand. There are a range of DataDotDNA kits to suit almost any type of asset, from Motor Vehicles, Boats, Jetskis, Motorcycles, Household and Business assets, and of course Bicycles.

Vorb and Recordit have entered into a partnership to provide DataDotDNA Kits to the biking community at a special 12.5% discount. The 500 dot Brush Kit which normally sells at $79.95 is ideal for protecting your bikes and are available to bikers referred from Vorb for only $69.95.

DataDotDNA identifies all your bike’s valuable components and accessories when applied in both covert and overt areas.

A simple, effective Do-It-Yourself procedure has been developed for individual bike owners to brush-on the DataDotDNA. Marking your bike with DataDotDNA is easy and quick, and it won't alter your bikes appearance.

DataDotDNA have been used extensively over the past 3-4 years on a range of Motor vehicles - especially Subaru. The theft rate of Subaru’s has dropped by some 93% since DataDotDNA was applied to the vehicles.

The DataDotDNA is almost impossible to remove cost effectively. Moreover the size of the DataDotDNA makes it impossible for thieves ever to be confident they have removed every single one. Therefore to professional theives who target your high-end bikes, a bike with the DNA system is far more dangerous than a bike without the DNA system. So what can a thief do? The only solution is to stop stealing bikes that are protected by DataDotDNA, and that’s exactly what happens.
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Postby XCrider on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:22pm

Sounds awsome does it stick to your frame so you can like stick it down your seatpost or handlebars ??
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Postby Tama on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:29pm

XCrider wrote:Sounds awsome does it stick to your frame so you can like stick it down your seatpost or handlebars ??
My understanding is that you put them on the outside of the frame - they're almost invisible to the naked eye.

I know that Subaru have had massive success with covering their cars in these.
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Postby VERT on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:32pm

isn't it like a clear paint or something
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Postby james on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:32pm

VERT wrote: isn't it like a clear paint or something


no, its dots... data dots :eh:
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Postby thekiwi on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:36pm

So if its applied to the outside of the frame, what if someone repaints it? Repainting a stolen bike is prob. more likely than repainting a car
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Postby james on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:39pm

Click on the link above, there is a whole page on how these things are applied to bikes.
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Postby psychavoc on Tue 21/Mar/06 3:57pm

It still doesn't explain what happens if a frame is repainted, or stripped and powdercoated, say. Also, I'm unclear as to whether you can apply your 500 dots to other items, or whether you have to buy a new "kit" for each item you want to dot. :eh:
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Postby Vinnie on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:01pm

How do they/you deal with sale of frame/forks etc?

Assuming that you data-dot your frame, forks, wheels, brakes (most expensive parts, as recommended by the website) then split the bike up for sale at a later date, what happens then?
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Postby XCrider on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:08pm

Vinnie wrote:How do they/you deal with sale of frame/forks etc?

Assuming that you data-dot your frame, forks, wheels, brakes (most expensive parts, as recommended by the website) then split the bike up for sale at a later date, what happens then?
they chase all your parts round the country
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Postby SlackBoy on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:10pm

Tama wrote:
XCrider wrote:Sounds awsome does it stick to your frame so you can like stick it down your seatpost or handlebars ??
My understanding is that you put them on the outside of the frame - they're almost invisible to the naked eye.

I know that Subaru have had massive success with covering their cars in these.


that or all of the Subaru's have already been stolen
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Postby Robbie on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:13pm

nah it made a huge effect in Australia, where WRX's were almost unisurable until the datadots were introduced. Same for HSV and FPV vehicles..
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Postby james on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:20pm

XCrider wrote:
Vinnie wrote:How do they/you deal with sale of frame/forks etc?

Assuming that you data-dot your frame, forks, wheels, brakes (most expensive parts, as recommended by the website) then split the bike up for sale at a later date, what happens then?
they chase all your parts round the country


your smarter than you look XCrider :sly:
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Postby thekiwi on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:24pm

james_giant wrote: Click on the link above, there is a whole page on how these things are applied to bikes.


Yup ... clicked the link and read the page and no where does it say what the impact of the item being repainted is. That is why I asked. Maybe you could tell me if you know?

With the micro marking of a car, which is significantly larger then a bike, its easy to mark somewhere which can get missed etc. With a bike being significantly smaller its a lot easier to totally repaint. The previous question of whether the dots can be applied inside tbes etc is quite relevant, as this would be, Im guessing, the one way to avoid a paint job totally smothering the dots.

When you "read" the link, it appears you can use a simple magnifying glass to read the dots. This in itself suggests that a coat of paint is going to render them ineffective and placing them inside tubes etc not ideal (after all you need to be able to see them)

THe website irself infers this :
"The DataDots are almost impossible to remove cost effectively. Moreover the size of each DataDot makes it impossible for thieves ever to be confident they have removed every single one. "

Wirth a bike frame you arent going to attempt to remove the dots, you are just going to paint over them so they cant be seen .. they will still be there.

A lot of the "removeable" parts of a bike are shiny "derailleurs etc" so these are going to stand out like saw toes. Its easy to strip a bike down and sell parts making the dots next to useless. Consider also how you apply the dots. If its with a glue, then using a special light to see where glue spots are would be relatively easy.

PS. DataDot type technolgy isnt new, its been around since the 80's. On large items its no doubt a deterant, and for bikes ... probably for the opportune thief ... sure. But it would just be so easy to blast a frame, repaint and rebadge and your dots are gone. Bikes already have serial numbers and they are probably even harder to remove/obscure, but still can be. Thing is, if your bike doesnt have a serial No. or it has been obviously removed, then thats a sure sign its been knicked.
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Postby james on Tue 21/Mar/06 4:39pm

thekiwi wrote:
james_giant wrote: Click on the link above, there is a whole page on how these things are applied to bikes.


Yup ... clicked the link and read the page and no where does it say what the impact of the item being repainted is. That is why I asked. Maybe you could tell me if you know?
The dots will either be covered in paint, or lying on the floor on the old paint if it was removed.

Would you buy a repainted Intense 6.6 without any decals on it? :sly:
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