NEW YORK (AP) - Many churches, synagogues, governments and
ordinary citizens are turning to technology to protect their holiday displays from pranks or prejudice.
About 70 churches and synagogues have jumped at a New York
security company's offer of free use of GPS systems and hidden
cameras this month to guard their mangers and menorahs.
Then, if Baby Jesus is stolen from a Nativity scene, the figure can be located and recovered; or if someone defaces a menorah, a security camera's recording can help identify the vandals.
BrickHouse Security is offering up to 200 nonprofit religious institutions a free month's use of the security cameras and LightningGPS products it distributes.
The Web site for the offer says, "LightningGPS strikes down sinners."
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