Newborn babies at several Florida hospitals are sporting electronic beeper bracelets, anklets and diaper tags that set off an alarm if the infants are removed from the maternity ward.

The beeper tags are similar to those used by stores to prevent shoplifting. Several Broward County hospitals and nursing homes are using them to prevent kidnapping and to keep Alzheimer's patients from wandering away."We're applying the same technology used to protect merchandise to safeguard human beings," said Louise Chiera, a spokesman for Sensormatic Electronics Corp., a security systems manufacturer in Deerfield Beach.

Since 1983, about 90 newborns have been taken from U.S. hospitals, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.