An electronic identification, control, and security system comprises a unique identification code associated with each manufactured article, a password code, communication circuitry capable of transmitting the password code to the manufactured articles, and appliance disabling circuitry. The appliance disabling circuitry may be integrated with the manufactured articles and precludes operation of the manufactured articles upon receipt of the password code. The communication circuitry preferably includes RFID technology to transmit the password code to the article and receive the unique identification code from the article. Such system deters theft of the articles. A method for deterring theft of manufactured articles includes the steps of providing a unique identification code for each manufactured article, transmitting a password via radio frequency to each manufactured article, and disabling operation of each manufactured article in response to receipt of the password. A manufactured appliance comprises security and control logic circuitry, data storage memory, a unique identification code stored in the memory, and communication circuitry for receiving a transmitted password. The security and control logic disables operation of the manufactured appliance in response to receipt of the password.