Churches fit GPS to Baby Jesus to stop nativity thefts

December 6th, 2010 by Staff

(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Churches in the US are fitting their baby Jesus statues with GPS trackers to stop them being stolen from their Christmas nativity scenes, myFOXny.com reported Friday.

Company BrickHouse Security is providing free GPS trackers to churches and communities across the country.

Religious institutions and nonprofit organizations can enroll in a program to get a free GPS tracker to install inside a baby Jesus statue. Jewish organizations can also fit them to their Menorah candle holders for Hanukkah.

The company said the tracker means that if a thief makes off with the cherished item the church, synagogue, or other group can log on via computer or mobile phone to track the missing items.

St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Old Bridge, New Jersey — about 40 miles (64km) southwest of New York City — installed the device after suffering from thefts and vandals in the past.

“There’s been no attempt of theft since we announced that we’re tracking our Jesus,” said Alan Czyewski of St. Ambrose Church. “This is our third year, and we love this. People are now well aware of our GPS Jesus, so they leave it alone.”

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/offbeat/church-protects-manger-with-gps-jesus-20101203-akd


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