New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) December 02, 2010
It’s a sad Sunday when parishioners and children arrive at church to discover their nativity scene's manger is empty. Where is baby Jesus?
Baby Jesus theft is a trend that's prevalent across the nation; and in the last few years, manger and menorah marauders have been making major headlines. Churches, synagogues and communities, tired of being victimized, are stepping up their security this holiday season.
Five years ago, CEO Todd Morris founded the GPS Jesus Program to help protect these threatened community treasures. Year after year, BrickHouse Security has supported communities, desperate to put an end to the holiday havoc plaguing their nativity scenes.
In an effort to deter holiday vandalism, BrickHouse launched its own free security solution; religious institutions and nonprofits can enroll in a program designed specifically for their unique security needs. The eligible participants of the program will receive a Spark Nano GPS tracker along with remote access log-ins, and some even covert surveillance equipment. The GPS tracker is the latest device to feature motion-activated tracking, instantly sending alert notifications to participants via text messages and emails to their cell phones and computers.
Last year's program was available to over 30 communities across North America. This year, due to the large-scale success of BrickHouse Security's new GPS tracker rental offering, the program has been expanded to over 100 available units.
“Not only is GPS tracking rental a success for people looking for a no-hassle, GPS tracking solution, but it's great that we were able to translate this success into a wider program, helping more people”, Morris says.
Alan Czyewski of St. Ambrose Church, Old Bridge, N.J., was no stranger to nativity scene lootings—Czyewski and his community were repeatedly victimized by vandals, to the point that their story made national headlines.
"There's been no attempt of theft since we announced that we're tracking our Jesus," Czyewski says. "This is our third year, and we love this. People are now well aware of our GPS Jesus, so they leave it alone."
Although such thefts are not major crimes, their impact upon the community resonates.
The Wellington Community Center of Wellington, Fla. was not immune to the stress caused by acts of holiday malevolence. The community's antique Baby Jesus is perhaps the most infamous creche figurine making "Baby Jesus theft" headlines three years running.
The Wellington community was so impressed with the program's 100% success rate that they will use the GPS to track a piece of history. The REG Architects of West Palm Beach, Fla. will be using GPS to track the transport of a 9/11 steel girder from the fallen Twin Towers en route to New York for a memorial at the new Liberty Plaza.
"The GPS Jesus program is a blessing," says Jay Miller, operations supervisor for the Village of Wellington.
How to Participate
Organizations interested in participating in this program should visit: http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/gpscartrackingdeviceforrent.html, where they can read more about the Spark Nano GPS Tracker, and the program itself. Those selected to join will receive a free tracking device to use throughout the holiday season.
About BrickHouse Security
BrickHouse Security provides security and surveillance products to consumers and businesses of all sizes, including roughly half of the Fortune 500 and more than 500 local and national government agencies. Agencies included are the NYPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the FBI, among others. The company and its products have recently appeared on the CBS Early Show, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, Fox News, and the Associated Press.
BrickHouse Security offers a wide range of cutting-edge safety, protection, and counter-surveillance products to help its customers protect what they care about most. Its' industry-leading experts seek to be the go-to source for all of its audiences' needs by providing timely information through the company's informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing, and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security.
The company is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse global client base.
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Contact: Brad Fredricks - bfredricks(at)brickhousesecurity(dot)com