4x4 / Car System

4x4 / Car Forensic Security Marking System

The UK's most trusted theft deterrent for your 4x4 or Car.


Tech Overview: UV Etch | Datadots® with DNA | RFID Transponders | Warning Labels

4x4 auto theft is a major problem. Often Police cannot identify stolen vehicles or stripped parts because the original manufacturers serial numbers have been deleted, changed or cloned making it impossible to prove theft, prosecute the thief and return the vehicle to the true keeper.

Market leading Datatag have been successfully combating this problem for years and have developed one of the most powerful theft deterrents available using state of the art identification technologies that are virtually impossible to remove, change or clone. This system is probably the most sophisticated security marking systems ever developed to deter theft and defeat the criminals.

A Lifetime's protection for just one low cost with NO monthly charges or fees.

Our state-of-the-art stealth identification technology will not deface your vehicle. The Datatag forensic security marking and identification 4x4 system has been specifically designed for Land Rovers and other 4x4 makes. Datatag have successfully deterred auto theft and helped to stop vehicles being stolen and stripped for their parts or cloned and sold on to unsuspecting buyers.

Datatag 4x4 Car System Technology Overview

4x4 / Car Technology

4x4 Crime - The Real Truth

The older the car, the more likely it is to be stolen!

Regardless of age, the Land Rover Defender is a prized vehicle, not only by owners. Thieves love them too.

According to a recent survey,* the Defender is the UK's 4th most stolen vehicle and in some parts of the UK, thefts of Defenders is reaching epidemic proportions. Police believe that most Defenders are stolen to order and then broken for parts, or rapidly exported in containers, meaning that the chance of seeing your cherished vehicle again is very slim at best. According to the British Crime Survey, the average cost incurred by a victim of car theft is £2,345 with an additional £347 due to the goods inside the car at the time of it being stolen.

Don't let your Defender go un-defended this year; protect it from attack from thieves with the new Datatag 4x4 Security System. A proven deterrent to theft, the Datatag 4x4 Security System uniquely marks the essential components and parts of your vehicle with multiple layers of cutting edge technologies to make your Defender easily and quickly identifiable - even if its in bits!

Home Office and Police CPI Approved, Datatag is the ultimate 4x4 theft deterrent.

*Source: Tracker Stolen Vehicle Survey


Most 4x4 (especially Land Rover Defenders) are stolen to order by professional criminals. Even the latest alarms, immobilisers, tracking systems, chains and locks do not always deter criminals although the more measures you take - the better. It's therefore essential that all 4x4s are protected and registered with a Datatag security system. This is because the majority of vehicles stolen are stripped down into parts and sold off separately to an unsuspecting buyers. Criminals know it's virtually impossible to defeat the multi-layered Datatag system and as such Datatagged assets become too risky.
The UV "stealth" etchings protect and deter theft of valuable body panels. The benefits of using UV etching is that the unique code and Datatag's 24/7 contact details are still permanently etched into the panels but now, because they are only visible under ultra violet light, don't deface the appearance of the 4x4 - a perfect combination.
Datadots are transparent microscopic plastic discs (less than 1mm in diameter) printed with a unique alpha numeric code and listing Datatag's telephone number. There are hundreds within the system and they are applied in hidden places all over the vehicle. Only one is required to prove ownership therefore a thief would have to be 100% confident that they had found and removed every single one to avoid detection and prosecution.
No, these unique electronic transponders contain no 'working' parts and therefore neither wear out or need servicing. They are powered by, or "wake up", only when interrogated by the special Datatag scanners provided to the Police.
No, a Datatag system is designed to make it easier to identify the rightful owner of a stolen item once it has been recovered. It can not be used to physically track an item.
Since 1992, Datatag has distributed thousands of their scanners free of charge to all UK Police Forces including some in Europe to help combat crime and identify stolen property.
Yes, Datatag are accredited to the strictest database standards including ISO:9001 and LPS 1224 (The recognised standard for database security) and are a "Police Preferred Specification - Secured by Design" company accredited and supported by NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) and the Home Office. Datatag do not share confidential data with anyone unless for security reasons - we may occasionally communicate with customers to keep information up to date, something which is critical in the fight against crime.
The Datatag membership is transferable, and for a small re-registration fee, the new keeper can have their name and address added to the secure Datatag database.
Please advise the Police immediately, then contact Datatag quoting your membership number and the crime report number the Police have given you, and we will flag a warning against your vehicle on our database.

Datatag - A unique layered approach to crime prevention and asset identification