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Chip tracks stolen hotel linens

Hotels are hindering visitors from stealing towels and bathrobes by tracking the linens with a new, washable chip.

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Anyone tempted to bring home a hotel towel as a souvenir may want to think twice.

Some hotels are tracking their linens with a new, washable chip.

According to Miami-based Linen Technology Tracking, three hotels are using the chip so far. The chip tracks linens through radio frequencies.

The New York Times is reporting that one hotel in Honolulu has reduced thefts of its pool towels from 4,000 per month to just 750.

The decrease in theft saves the hotel $16,000 a month