Churches, synagogues, governments and ordinary citizens are turning to technology to protect holiday displays from pranks or prejudice.
About 70 churches and synagogues eager to avoid the December police blotter jumped at a security company's offer of free use of GPS systems and hidden cameras.
Others, like the Herrera family of North Richland Hills, Texas, took matters into their own hands.
The family was upset after their teeter-totter was stolen. Members aimed surveillance cameras on their yard and was surprised when footage showed a teenage girl stealing a baby Jesus worth almost $500.
Police have obtained the tape.
Forty-8-year-old Gloria Herrera says: "They took the family Jesus. How can anybody do that?"
New York-based BrickHouse Security is offering up to 200 nonprofit religious institutions a free month's use of cameras and its LightningGPS product.
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