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Safeguarding Nativity Scene Figures
Two wise men look at Joseph kneeling, as Mary and Jesus are no longer there. They were stolen along with two other figures from a Nativity display next to Quincy City Hall, Boston in 2013.  John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Two wise men look at Joseph kneeling, as Mary and Jesus are no longer there. They were stolen along with two other figures from a Nativity display next to Quincy City Hall, Boston in 2013. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Who could forget that painfully funny scene in the 1982 movie "Diner," in which Kevin Bacon's inebriated character happens upon a nativity scene from which thieves have stolen the baby Jesus figurine, prompting him to undress and climb into the crib?

Fortunately, we may not have to see a real-life repeat of that, thanks to the GPS tracking devices that Brickhouse Security, a New York-based firm, has been providing to churches and other religious organizations free of charge since 2005. If the Jesus figurine is stolen from the manger, the device will either send a text message or email the figurine's owner to let her know, as well as give off a signal so that police can track down the thieves [source: Schapiro].


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