Would I steal something that "costs" $100? How about $1? Thats pretty much free. Less that two vending machine soda cans. I'm guessing the dollar store has a lot less shoplifting than "upscale" Target or Kohls.
The cost of the item has little to do with whether or not people will steal it, have you ever ran a garage sale before? People try to steal everything, even if it's only 5 cents.
Being inefficient with tax payers money for a system that barely works, is not compassion. Could the money used used be put into an other program that could retrieve even more children.
I'd like to see what happens if you expressed your opinion on this system being an inefficient waste of money to the parent's who got their children back from this system. Seriously what price tag do you place on life? One child, allowed to grow up, has the potential to change the world.
If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.