Chips With Everything

Photo of chip sitting on fingertip

Library books, school uniforms, trees, pets and even rare violins are among the everyday items already protected and identified by our microchip technology.

We've chipped scaffolding poles, house-bricks, power tools and overcoats, in fact the only thing that limits what can be chipped is your imagination.

Microchip technology is now available to everybody, and with It's MINE Technology, tags, recovering lost or stolen property is becoming easier by the day.

Double chip and applicator

These tiny microchips are available with or without applicators to safely and easily protect anything soft or delicate, or as a 'Bag of Chips' - for installation into wood, plastic, metal, precious objects or pretty much any other material you can think of.

A lot of the time, because the chip is so small you can simply use super glue to keep it in place. You should use this approach when chipping your TV, computer, home cinema, etc. There are plenty of places where a chip could be concealed. Remember that the chip might have to be scanned, so avoid putting it where a scanner won't be able to get within about five cm of it.

There will probably be times when you need a more specialist approach.

Handbags & Soft Luggage

Chipping your property is all down to your personal preference. The main reason that major bag and luggage manufacturers don't already use microchip technology is because the chip would need to be inserted as part of the manufacturing process.

Which means the chip would always be in the same place. Once handbag thieves know where a chip is located they have a much better chance of removing it, and that makes any bag fair game for the thief again.

The beauty of our system is that you get to choose where to chip your property.

For soft items, like bags, coats or furniture we recommend that the applicator is inserted in one of two ways:

Chipping between stitching

Between stitching

This allows the applicator to be gently inserted into an existing space in the bag, thereby avoiding any possibility of damage. This method generally allows for the chip to stay in place rather than move around inside the bag.

There are many good places for installation, such as where a pocket is stitched on to the bag, between the stitching on the handle or under the clasp or any permanent, stitched - on branding. We have also had success in chipping the stitching around the base of the bag.

Chipping behind an anchor point

Anchor points

We recommend installing your microchip behind any secure point on the bag, such as where the handle joins the bag itself. Many manufacturers supply leather tags with their bags. We do not recommend chipping these tags, as they are easy to remove or lose.

Every It's MINE security chip comes with an It's MINE hanging tag, available in a choice of black or white. For cases we also supply a high-impact adhesive sticker.

Please remember, the microchip applicator is sharp and could cause injury if improperly or incorrectly used. Please dispose of your used applicators safely and avoid them coming into contact with children.

Top Tip

When removing the applicator from your chipped bag, place your index finger over the point while still inside the bag and draw it out slowly, using your index finger to hold the microchip in place under the surface.

Click below to see a video of Jonathan Margolis from the Financial Times microchipping his rucksack:

Jonathan Margolis from the Financial Times microchipping his rucksack

Security in the bag

Bogota bag with tag
Black bag with mirror tag

Every microchip and applicator comes complete with a high impact adhesive luggage sticker and one of our durable bag & luggage tags.

Of course, we realise that certain bags & luggage carry a particular cache, and it's all a matter of personal style.

Jo Beeny Handbags are about to launch a new range incorporating our microchips which should be out early next year.

She has also teamed up with jeweller Joanne Macfadyen to produce a designer tag and to provide a facility for one-off customised tags for the more discerning owner.

By the way, Joanne is the niece of the managing director however let there be no accusations of nepotism, she is one of Britain's finest young jewellers :). Have a look at her website.

Once your bag or luggage is secured with an It's MINE Technology microchip you'll need to register your number on the police National Mobile Property Register (NMPR) by creating a free account at www.immobilise.com.

Then, if your bag is lost or stolen, simply notify the NMPR via immobilise.com and the database will notify every police station in the UK to look out for your bag.

With It's MINE Technology, a lost bag really can be 'As good as found'.

Chipping - General

What have these in common?
What do these three items have in common?

Before tackling how to fit chips to other items it is worth understanding some general principles.

These chips meet an international standard, ISO 11784. This is the standard for chips used to identify animals, the same chips that vets use. One reason we went down this route was that the standard is globally accepted. The technology to read the chips would therefore also be available globally.

The increased adoption of these chips, for example the UK plans to make it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped by 2016, meant that economies of scale would result in reduced prices for scanners and chips.

Other chip providers went down a different route opting for chips that were proprietry. This means that scanners to read their chips have to be bought from the supplier. As a result they are hugely more expensive than the scanners that will read our chips. A scanner to read our chips will cost around £40 whereas scanners to read the proprietry chips will cost over £350.

The way the chips work is this. They are known as 'passive' chips which means that they have no power source. Instead the chip absorbs power from the scanner. They operate at a frequency 134.2 kHz which allows the chips to be read in dirty and wet conditions.

Wood and Plastic

The standard chip is 8mm x 1.4mm. A scanner can read through both wood and plastic but you are best splashing out for a scanner to make sure that it can be read. Even better, if, like the MD of It's Mine, you are absolutely useless doing anything approaching DIY get someone else to do it.

For example a luthier would probably be the best person to fit a chip to a stringed instrument, a saddler best for horse tack etc.

Remember once the chip has been put in place it will be very difficult to remove it without damaging the item. That is after all the point. So the golden rule is if in doubt, DDIY(Don't Do It Yourself). Let a professional do it for you.

However if you are confident you have the skills then.........

Drill a 1.5mm hole to a depth of 10mm. Push the chip in to full depth. Put a small drop of superglue gel, or epoxy resin into the hole. The small opening can then be concealed in a number of different ways in accordance with the material, and quality of finish required.

Some examples:

  • Use a small piece of fine sandpaper to gently abrade the surrounding area. The fine dust created will form a solid plug with the glue and will be a reasonable match to the existing surface colour.
  • Using a proprietary, suitably coloured filler.
  • Filling and painting to match.
  • Filling and covering with a chosen label.

Metals, Ferrous and Non-Ferrous

The orientation of chip is vital for the successful scanning of metal objects like bicycles, where the chip must lie parallel to the metal surface and, therefore, to the scanner.

A small recess is required to accommodate the chip. Our favoured method is to use an angle grinder fitted with a small diameter metal-cutting disc (to minimise the length of groove created). The recess required is approximately 10mm x 2mm x 2mm.

The chip can be fitted, and the recess filled to the level of the surrounding surface by use of a two-part epoxy filler. In this way, corrosion is also prevented.

Once fitted the chip can be concealed under a layer of paint.

Concerns about possible structural weakening of items like bicycle frames can be met by opting for non-critical areas for installation. Bikes offer other, non-metal sites for chipping; it's best to keep it simple.