Security Company Stops ‘Grinch’ From Stealing Nativity Scenes
Away in a manger and protected by GPS, nativity scenes across the county are secured the best.
New York City-based BrickHouse Security has been in the giving spirit offering free GPS tracking and surveillance service to religious institutions looking to protect nativity scenes, Menorahs and decorations during the holiday season. So far, the company boasts 100-percent success in protecting the items.
Pranksters and kids on Winter break commonly target nativity scenes each holiday season. However, the theft of these decorations can reach exorbitant amounts. On Dec. 14, life-sized baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph statues were stolen from a church in Sandusky, Ohio. The missing statues are valued in excess of $35,000. While the Joseph statue was later found on the side of a road, the others are still missing.
BrickHouse’s offer began last year and the company has continued its mission this season in hopes of diminishing thefts and vandalism. Institutions enrolled in the free program receive a GPS tracker and Global Watchman remote cellular surveillance system. If the decorations are tampered with or stolen, an alert is automatically sent to the owner’s PC or cell phone.
At the very least, the extra security measure adds just a bit more holiday cheer.
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