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Churches Turn to GPS to Track Down Stolen Baby Jesus

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 05:07 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Churches are using GPS devices to fight back against thieves who disregard the Ten Commandments and steal baby Jesus figurines from Nativity scenes.

Small GPS units are put inside the figurines, reports MyFOXDC, and when someone steals baby Jesus from the creche, the units can be used to track the thieves.

"The beauty of this is it really works and it's simple to use, " said Alan Czyzewski, a parishioner at St. Ambrose Church in New Jersey.

One company, Brickhouse Security, is offering free GPS devices through its website, www.brickhousesecurity.com, to qualified churches to help fight the thefts. So far nearly 100 churches and synagogues have taken Brickhouse up on its offer in hopes of protecting their nativity scenes and menorahs.

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"We then monitor it from our cloud-based mapping system, and set up alerts so that they'll get a text message or an email if baby Jesus is in motion," said Brickhouse CEO Todd Morris.

Morris said the company got the idea a few years ago after some churches asked about having one-month rentals instead of longer contracts, because Nativity scenes are used for only a short time each year.

People reportedly are stealing not only baby Jesus, but other figurines from Nativity sets nationwide, and churches in Illinois are also using GPS trackers to track them down reports NBC News.

"Two of the Wise Men disappeared and ended up at Four Lakes Ski Resort," explained Rev. George Smith of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. "Of course God knows where they are, but now maybe we have a better chance to know as well."

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