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UK's #1 theft deterrent for motorcycles & scooters

Datatag is acknowledged as the UK’s number one motorcycle and scooter theft deterrent technology. It utilises a unique multi-layered system of forensic tagging that makes motorcycle theft significantly less appealing to thieves. Datatag currently protects over 500,000 motorcycles and scooters in the UK and is so effective that the motorcycle theft rate is one tenth of what it was prior to Datatag being deployed. Despite these encouraging long-term improvements, over 26,000 bikes are still stolen in the UK each year and motorcycles are still four times more likely to be stolen than cars. Through the Master Scheme, Datatag is the first and only official national scheme supported by the police authorities.

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Register or login to access a 15% discount (subject to terms) on Datatag motorcycle and scooter security systems at Datatag. Datatag is only official national scheme supported by the police authorities!

Motorcycle theft - the facts

  • Over 26,000 motorcycles are stolen each year in the UK
  • Motorcycles are four times more likely to be stolen than cars
  • 80% of motorcycles theft occurs outside homes
  • Security tagged motorcycles are less likely to be stolen
  • Datatag is the first and only official national scheme supported by the police authorities
  • Owners of datatagged motorcycles can benefit from reduced insurance premiums
  • Datatag makes life very difficult for motorcycle thieves

The Datatag’s system’s state of the art visible and hidden identifiers combine with probably the most comprehensive and advanced database of it’s kind in the market today.

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Datatag FAQ's

  • The New UV “stealth” etchings replace the old visible etched numbers previously supplied to protect and deter theft of the valuable panels and fairings on a Motorcycle or Scooter. The benefits of this new and improved system are that a unique code and Datatag’s 24/7 contact details are still permanently etched into the panels and fairings but now, they do not deface or interfere with the appearance or aesthetics of the Motorcycle because the etchings are visible under ultra violet or UV lighting and in most cases, cannot be seen in daylight conditions – a perfect combination.

  • No, these state of the art tiny electronic transponders contain no working parts and do not wear out and they are powered by or “wake up” when read or interrogated by the special Datatag scanners or readers.

  • Since 1992, Datatag has distributed thousands of special scanners free of charge to all UK police forces including European police forces to help combat crime and identify stolen property, vehicles or parts.

  • Datadots are transparent miniature plastic discs (less than 1 mm in diameter) printed with a unique alpha numeric code and listing Datatag’s telephone number or website details on each disc or dot. There are approximately 1,000 Datadots within the Datatag system and they are suspended in a clear lacquer or glue and applied or painted all over the vehicle, property or machinery into all of the nooks & crannies etc. A thief would have to be 100% confident that they can find and remove every single Datadot to avoid detection and prosecution

  • Yes, Datatag are accredited to the strictest of database standards including ISO:9001 and LPS 1224 (The recognised standard for database security) and we are a “Police Preferred Specification – Secured by Design” company accredited and supported by ACPO Cpi (Association of Chief Police Officers) and the Home Office. Datatag systems have been extensively tested to destruction and our administration process audited by Thatcham, Europe’s leading security system test house backed by the Association of British Insurers. Datatag do not share your confidential data with anyone unless it’s for security and safety reasons but we may occasionally communicate with our customers to keep all confidential information up to date which is critical in the fight against crime.

  • Most motorcycles are stolen to order by professional criminals – “they are as good – if not better at their job i.e. auto crime, as you are at your job!” Your motorcycle could simply be pushed away, lifted into a van or taken from outside your home, work or even from inside your garage! It seems that even the latest alarms, immobilisers, satellite tracking systems, chains and locks do not always deter criminals although the more security measures you take – the better. Therefore, it’s essential that all motorcycles and scooters are protected and registered with a Datatag security system because the majority of the machines stolen are likely to be stripped down into parts and sold off separately or the parts used to help the criminals build up another motorcycle or frame who then sells on a complete – but cloned machine to an unsuspecting buyer. These criminals know it’s virtually impossible to defeat the Datatag system because they will literally have to cut the motorcycle wheels, frame and wiring looms in half plus, grind or cut out all of the unique numbers etched into the panels and then, try to attempt and remove every single microscopic Datadot and now, try to remove every single molecule of the invisible Datatag DNA from all of the nooks and crannies for the criminal to be absolutely 100% confident that the parts or the machine cannot be truly identified.

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Datatag Master Security Scheme

Datatag Master Security SchemeApproximately 26,000 motorcycles are stolen each year in the UK and the majority of them are less than 3 years old. These are often stripped and rebuilt around genuine frames and as such recovery rates are low, with the Police unable to prove ownership beyond doubt. For the first time the industry has united behind one official security and registration scheme to combat this problem.

The MASTER Security Scheme, a motorcycle and scooter security marking and secure registration programme, has been developed in conjunction with the police authorities and Datatag, the country’s foremost supplier of security marking technology, who will supply not only the component marking elements of the scheme but also the registration infrastructure and call centre operation. The scheme has the backing of the major manufacturers and the Metropolitan Police in the battle to reduce crime and keep Britain’s bikers riding.

  • The Scheme is the MASTER Security Scheme (Motorcycle and Scooter Tagged Equipment Register).
  • This is the first and only official national scheme approved by the police authorities.
  • The delivery partner for the MASTER Security Scheme is Datatag ID Ltd, the country’s foremost supplier of
    security marking technology.
  • The scheme will initially be supported by major manufacturers BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph
    and Yamaha, with other manufacturers expected to follow.
  • Although the scheme is voluntary, it is already believed to exceed the scope of any other.
  • New motorcycles will be sold marked, tagged, registered and traceable by the MASTER Security Scheme,
    reducing theft and restoring confidence to consumers.
  • The scheme will reduce motorcycle crime as numbers of marked machines increases over time.

Master Scheme FAQ's

  • MASTER Scheme is a motorcycle registration and security scheme using Datatag hi tech security markings that acts as a powerful deterrent to theft and an invaluable aid in recovery, in the event of theft.

  • Reports suggest that a Motorcycle or Scooter without something like the MASTER Scheme & Datatag technology is approximately 4 times more likely to be stolen than a non registered and protected motorcycle or scooter. Plus, the recovery rate for unregistered motorcycles is as low as 5%.

  • MASTER Scheme powered by Datatag has wide industry support, in the motorcycle market, from official bodies including the Home Office and Police CPI, leading manufacturers, the insurance and finance industries. The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) actively promotes the adoption of MASTER Scheme.

  • MASTER Scheme registered motorcycles are fitted with a sophisticated Datatag multi-layered security system that gives each motorcycle its own unique ‘fingerprint’, that is impossible for thieves to remove.

    Datatag security is made up of 4 elements, both visible to act as a deterrent and covert to aid identification and recovery. Firstly, a number of tamper proof registration plates are securely fitted to the motorcycle’s chassis. Secondly, a number of Datatag RFID transponders, each the size of a grain of rice, are hidden in the motorcycle each with its own unique programmed code. Thirdly, there are microscopic Datatag Datadots® which are barely visible to the eye. And finally “Stealth” UV Etching comprises a unique alpha numeric code and Datatag’s 24/7 contact details are permanently etched into the panels and fairings. These etchings do not deface or interfere with the appearance or aesthetics of the Motorcycle and are visible under UV lighting.

    It’s virtually impossible for thieves to remove all the tell tail identification traces from a MASTER Scheme registered motorcycle.

  • MASTER Scheme can be fitted to all types of motorcycles and scooters.

  • Many leading motorcycle manufacturers fit MASTER Scheme powered by Datatag as standard on the motorcycles they supply into the UK and Republic of Ireland. Further information can be found on the latest news section.

  • No. MASTER Scheme is only fitted to new officially imported UK motorcycles and scooters. However, you can purchase a Datatag Motorcycle or Scooter System to Protect and Register a used vehicle from hundreds of UK Motorcycle & Scooter dealers – please see the dealer locator section.

  • Only approved suppliers can fit MASTER Scheme including manufacturers and their approved dealers, which have been approved to fit MASTER Scheme powered by Datatag.

  • The MASTER Security System is fitted and protects your new motorcycles and scooters usually by manufactures at no extra cost. If you would like to protect a used machine then Datatag provide an after market system with a RRP of £89.00 plus, you may have to pay the dealer to install the system if you do not decide to fit the system yourself.

  • Yes. MASTER Scheme powered by Datatag is supported by many leading Insurers and discounts are available to the registered keeper.

  • You should immediately notify the local police and obtain a ‘crime reference number’. However, you should also contact MASTER Scheme. Once you have submitted the details MASTER Scheme will immediately flag the motorcycle as being stolen. Alternatively and for ease there is also a secure 24/7 call centre (Tel 03 450 700 440) and database open to motorcycle owners and the police to provide assistance.

  • If the unique tamper evident registration plate is intact, the police can get all the relevant details from Datatag, just like for a car or van, from the PNC at any time of the day or night. If the registration plate and manufacturers’ plates have been removed the police can use a special Datatag scanners to ‘read’ the Datatag RFID tags hidden in the motorcycle. MASTER Scheme can give the police all the details they need from the unique number from just one tag. As a back-up there are thousands of unique Datatag Datadots® which can also be used to categorically identify a specific motorcycle or part and finally, the Police can easily identify panels and parts with UV torches or “Black Lights” to locate and identify the unique “Stealth” etching within the panels and fairing’s etc.

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