by Matt Brogan

I guess by now everyone has heard of Data Dot Technology and the benefits it can offer in terms of security for your car, bike or boat. But until now, this has only been available on new vehicles with Audi, BMW, HSV, FPV, Lexus, Lotus, Mini, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Subaru and Yamaha  already on board with their new vehicles in Australia.

For those of us who value our assets and would like the bonus of Data Dot Technology, the company who manufacturers this amazing technology now offers aftermarket Data Dots which can be applied yourself by means of a pressure pack applicator with the dot’s unique alpha-numeric code registered against your vehicle’s VIN, Engine or Chassis Number on their national database.

So, what is Data Dot Technology? Well, simply put, it’s a passive anti-theft security system which is supported by insurers, all Australian Police Forces (many using it on their own vehicles) and the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council and is applied as spray film invisible to the eye over the entire vehicle.

The spray contains millions of dots, each smaller than a grain of sand, which are etched by laser with a unique alpha-numeric code (which can be fully customised).

This code can only be read only with a special scanner that utilises a strong UV magnifier to read the code.

What it means in terms of theft is that should your vehicle become a victim of theft, any parts identified with Data Dots are then traced back to the owner, hopefully leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for authorities to find and identify thieves in the process. Chop shops look out!

For more information and suppliers of Data Dot kits, go to

  • arsenalroc

    it has been available for a long time guys…well I know bikes have used them for a fair while

  • Matt

    This is also on the TRD Aurion..
    This is a great step foward making it harder to steal and break up a car.
    Tho give ir a few years there will be a way around it :(

  • Matt

    I think the key to it is knowledge. If the thief is unaware this is on the vehicle they can be tracked more readily, though if they do know it’s there they may not steal it in the first place… tough one really.

    Either way, it’s good that someone is thinking of another way to help reduce car theft as it’s not a nice experience.

  • Toyota Paul

    Yeah WRXs’ have had them for abit I think… true to the thief has to be aware for it to reduce theft, or else you still lose your vehicle and have to HOPE they can track the criminals (I would say very unlikely unless you car costs $100k+… cops Id imagine would put much effort into finding a $40k WRX for example).

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  • Daniel D

    My dealer installed data dots, but there were not data dots warning decals in their kits. Same with all the dealers around here. I checked online, and the video on their site shows the decals (not the ones w. the serial number that quickly bake off in the sun – but the actual “Protected by Data Dots” stickers). Phoned and e-mailed the corporation, and they confirm the decals do exist and should have been included. They promised to ship them to me. Still haven’t seen them – tho we’ve exchanged numerous e-mails. Basically, if someone steals my car, I might get it back (can’t seem to confirm they’ve got my numbers on file, either – tried that several times) – or I might not, but I can’t warn anyone not to steal the car this way. So… still need window vin etching.

  • rhiannon

    hi we have a 1995 greg norman international statesman and we cant find anything about the car…..we are thinking of selling it but were not really sure on what its worth can any1 help thanx