What does it mean when I see this on someone's property?

It means that the owner has chosen to install It's Mine security. At the very least it will be fitted with a hidden Near Field Communication microchip. It may even have two. In the case of a bicycle it'll have a minimum of three. It has a label which could also have a chip installed in it as well. Oh, and it might just have a tracker or an alarm.

What sort of things is it used on?

Almost anything, musical instruments Its_My_Bassbikes, My_Bike_Black_Border or anything else they own. Its_MINE

I notice that they all use the same color scheme, why?

It's psychological warfare against you. For example this graphic will be used for It's My Bike. Bike Logo Its got the same color scheme as well. You have just experienced being coded with a brain worm.

The chips use NFC, what is that?

Near Field Communication is a short range radio technology.nfc1 It can be scanned using a modern Android phone without having to use an App. It comes in two formats as labels ntag216 or chips chips1

How long does the battery last?

It doesn't have a battery it picks up its power from the phone.

What does it send and to where?


It uses email to send a message to the owner telling him that one of his items has been scanned. In the email it gives details about your phone which could identify you and lead to your arrest and conviction.

But I could simply chop out the chips?

First you would have to find them and thats not going to be easy.

You have to use your phone to do so which means sending an email automatically to the owner when you find a chip. There is another problem. The phone scanner is accurate to about 2 cms. Here is how to work out how much material you have to remove to guarantee you take out the chip. A given is that there might be more than one chip.


Have fun repairing that.

Its not just a matter of getting rid of labelling either, which will take ages in the first place. Imagine how pissed off your fence is going to get if he gets arrested for being in possession of something that still has the chips in it.

He may well decide not to do business with you again and you know how quickly news gets around in your game.

So what you are going to end up with is an owner that has been alerted calling the police and passing on your details while you are gouging holes in whatever you have stolen which you cannot sell because of the damage and perhaps a fence or his representative looking to engage in a meaningful discussion.