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Why do we need an alarm?

It’s a sad fact that burglaries from churches are still happening and it’s all too easy to think “it won’t happen to us” but that’s not always how things work out. One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is to install an intruder alarm at the church.

The practical and emotional damage caused by a theft, or even a theft attempt can be difficult to comprehend, in particular when the theft occurs at a church. But with an intruder alarm you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having taken action to protect your church. The right security alarm also acts as a great visual deterrent to intruders, which further minimises the danger and lowers the risk you face.

E-Bound has for a number of years led the market in church roof alarms to prevent these distressing and expensive thefts. The rising price paid for scrap metals has regrettably resulted in more thieves targeting historic buildings. For example, between 2000 and 2004 there were just 20 thefts of lead a year from churches across the country, however between 2007 and 2011 these increased to more than 14,000 reported cases, at a cost of more than £32 million.

Therefore, whilst metal theft has reduced, it has not gone away and figures suggest that incidences of metal theft from church roofs are still significantly higher than they should be. English Heritage have stated that “at a time of high global demand for raw materials, thieves are targeting many types of metal, typically lead and copper but also increasingly steel.” This is a worrying new development and they go on to state that they advise “...that, where circumstances make it appropriate, metal roofs should be protected by alarms.”

It is only by continuing to foil these thefts, that we can alter the perception that churches, in particular church roofs, are a soft target.