There is saying that goes something like “posssession is 9/10th of the law.” Which means if you have it in your possession, well, it’s easier to keep it that way. In other words, proving that someone stole something from you can be an exercise in futility, provided it isn’t a proprietary piece of work or you’ve got them on camera caught red handed. That is unless of course you’ve got a microchip embedded into the item.
For $99.95 you can score five of these Theft Recovery Microchips from Hammacher. They’re basically RFID tags that when scanned by law enforcement can reveal the true ownership of the item in question. They’ve long been used in dogs by embedding them in their ear, which is ideal if they lose their identifying tags.
The chip measures just 1/2″ long and is no thicker than the “lead of a pencil at 3/32″. That means it can fit in a variety of objects, such as paintings, valuable instruments, or even a firearm’s stock. Included in the package of five chips is a 3/32″ drill bit, which allows you to create a very small hole and insert the RFID tag. They also include a epoxy when drilling (or surgery) isn’t an option.