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In 2018, our systems recorded over 350 activations that have thwarted what were considered attempts by intruders to breach a monitored roof or building. In support of our mission to eradicate metal theft, we are pleased by dozens of reports involving thieves caught “In the act”, many of which led to arrests by the police. This is a testament to the reliability of the E-Bound alarm system, which offers a substantial layer of protection by warning of intrusions.

 

The price of scrap lead remains high, which could see a return to the high level of thefts experienced during the past few years making attacks on churches much more likely.

 

These are just a few of our latest and greatest saves.

Sensors attacked in West Yorkshire

April 2021

The customer was notified about the tamper activations, after inspection of the customer then contacted E-Bound to notify multiple sensors had been damaged.

 

Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no damage to the roof and that the amount of sensor attacked

were more than the customer had originally spotted. The damaged sensor has since been replaced by E-Bound.

Sensors attacked in Bucks

April 2021

The customer was notified about the tamper activations. Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no damage to the roof but a sensor had been attacked. The sensor has since been replaced by E-Bound.

 

Two attempted lead thefts at churches near Stevenage

March 2021

The alarm activated at around 9am. The customer checked the site and noticed on the north side of the church that the ground had been disturbed in a way that looked like something heavy had been dragged along the ground, causing some flowers to be flattened and pulled away. After noticing this, they requested that our engineers visit to investigate.

 

Upon arrival, our engineers noticed that a sensor on the nave had come away from the wall, making the sensor loose and not fixed in its original state. This was rectified during our visit.

 

The second attempt was later in the day at another church in the local area. The customer was notified about the intruder activations. Upon the their arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was interference to the lead on the north east chapel roof flashing. No lead was stolen by intruders.

Attempted lead theft at a church in Norfolk

March 2021

The alarm activated in the early ours of the morning. The customer was notified about the intruder activations. Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no damage to the roof but a sensor had been attacked. The sensor has since been secured by E-Bound.

Villager found upon church roof on Christmas Day thanks to E-Bound Roof Alarm System

December 2020

St Breaca, Breage had reported to E-Bound that an intruder had managed to gain access to church roof on Christmas Day. The intruder was intoxicated and not on the roof to steal the lead. The person in question was attempting to get to the top of the tower and managed to scale the first roof and ended up in one of the long valleys where they were no longer visible from ground view. Members of the church contacted emergency services to help apprehend the intruder who had also caused themselves slight injuries.

 

This event triggered the roof alarm system, to which the contact at the church was promptly made aware of the intruder from the alarm reviving centre (ARC).

Roof Alarm activation in London

September 2020

The alarm activated around 3am. the customer was informed, Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no damage to the roof but a sensor had been attacked. The damaged sensor has since been replaced by E-Bound.

 

This incident highlights the importance of checking the roof and the intruder devices, as far as possible, every time we inform customers that the system has activated. Several months has passed between the alarm activation and the discovery of the damaged device.  Alarms always sound for a reason.

 

Our systems continue to record hundreds of alarm activations that have thwarted what were considered attempts by intruders to breach a monitored roof. In support of our mission to eradicate metal theft, we are also pleased by dozens of reports involving thieves caught 'in-the-act’, many of which led to arrests by the Police. This is a testament to the reliability of the E-Bound alarm system, which offers a substantial layer of protection by warning of intrusions.

 

The price of scrap lead remains high, which could see a return to the high level of thefts experienced during the past few years making attacks on churches much more likely.

Roof Alarm activation in Ware

August 2020

The alarm activated around 9pm. the customer was informed, upon the customers inspection, they had found that cement was chipped away on the capping for the parapet roof where it appears a ladder had been rested below a sensor. The grass had also been found squashed down where the ladder had been erected.

 

No further damage to the church had been found and no damage to the roof was found.

Roof Alarm activation in Merseyside area

July 2020

The alarm activated around 10pm and again at around 1am, Upon inspection from the customer, barbed wired that is installed on the vestry roof had been flattened. They confirmed that it was not like this before these activations. There was no damage to the roof itself.

 

We advised that the customer remains vigilant.

Roof Alarm activation in Hertfordshire area

July 2020

The alarm activated around midnight, a caretaker attended immediately after receiving a call from about the activation. A car was seen driving off and police attended the church.

 

No damage to the roof was found upon inspection.

Attempted theft at Leamington Spa

The alarm sent tamper signals on the 24th June at around 7pm. The church was notified of the activation and engineers attended yesterday (Monday 29th June).

 

The engineers found peeled lead and a sensor that was slightly hanging off.

 

The intruders left quickly, when the alarm activated, not taking the flashing they had pulled away. They also did not then go near the main aisle lead just over the brick wall area.

 

E-Bound engineers have since replaced the damaged sensor.

E-Bound Case Study of St Bartholomew, Colne Attempted Theft

Here is the story of St Bartholomew in Colne, which highlights how a roof alarm system can reduce the risk of these type of incidents from occurring. The church installed a monitored and approved roof alarm from E-Bound AVX Ltd.

 

Download the case study and read the story here.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Herefordshire

Mar 2020

The roof alarm triggered at around 5:00am

 

The customer took the call from the Alarm Receiving Centre. Upon the customer's arrival to the church, they confirmed that there were no signs of disturbance on the roof or to the sensors. Due to the two different reporting methods (Strobe Light Flash & Intruder Alarm), we can confirm that this is the actions of an intruder on the roof.

 

The customer also agreed with the activations and is happy that the system has saved the roof of the church and caused the intruder to flee.

Roof pre-alarm activation at a church in Lancashire

Mar 2020

The roof alarm triggered a pre-alarm at around 1:30am this is when the alarm detects a presence and flashes it's strobe light as a warning before a full activation.

 

The customer was notified of this pre-alarm and that there may have been a presence at that time. The customer visited the site and noticed a small amount of lead had been peeled back but the intruders were not successful in removing it. No further damage was found.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Somerset

Mar 2020

The roof alarm triggered at around 1:00am

 

Guards were notified about the activations above; this type of activity confirms the presence of an intruder. Upon the guards visit to site, which was in darkness, nothing was found untoward and no suspicious persons were to be seen at the time of the guard's patrol.

 

The customer has since been notified by E-Bound and has checked around the church, also checking the roof from the tower in day light and has confirmed to us that no damage has been caused as far as he can see.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Oxfordshire

Feb 2020

The roof alarm triggered multiple times in the early hours of the morning.

 

Guards were quick to attend after receiving the call from the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). E-Bound engineers attended quickly and followed up with the customer. Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no signs of damage to the roof and multiple sensors had been systematically attacked by intruders, although signals to the ARC from the sensors were still received. Intruders left site quickly as alarm activated as normal locally. The damaged sensors have since been replaced by E-Bound.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Leicestershire

Feb 2020

The roof alarm triggered around 02:00am

 

Guards were called to attend from the Alarm Receiving Centre. E-Bound have since followed up with the customer.

Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they confirmed that there was no signs of damage to the roof, multiple sensors had been attacked by intruders, Although signals to the Arc from each sensor was still received and intruders left site quickly as alarm activated as normal locally. The damaged sensors have since been replaced by E-Bound.

 

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Surrey

Jan 2020

The roof alarm triggered around 21:00pm

 

The customer was notified about the intruder activation. Upon the Customer’s visit to site, a minimal amount of lead was peeled back onto the porch but the intruders were not successful with removing it from the roof. No further damage was found.

Internal Alarm Activation at a church in London

Jan 2020

The alarm triggered around 3:00pm and 00:00am

 

The customer were notified about the intruder activation. Upon the customer’s visit to site there was signs of a break in. The front door looked to have been praised open with a crowbar and split all the wood, however the intruders didn't actually get in but the customer said while they were doing this the door lock alarm picked up movement and the alarm activated. The customer also reported that a premises across the road had a break in and the intruders had stolen a TV.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Worcestershire

Nov 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered around 19:00pm

 

The customer inspected the site after the alarm and found the sheeting over the scaffolding had been disturbed with litter found in the area. No damage was sustained to the church or the roof

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Suffolk

Nov 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered around 3:30am

 

Upon the alarm activating, the Customer was called by our Alarm Receiving Centre. E-Bound staff then followed up the activation with the customer to see if everything was as it should be on site. The customer informed our staff that a neighbour had seen someone running from the scene as the alarm was going off. No damage was sustained to the roof after further inspection.

 

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Todmorden

Oct 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered between 19:30pm and 19:40pm three times.

 

E-Bound roof alarm activated. The customer took the call from the Alarm Receiving Centre and went to the church within minutes. The customer discovered a ladder and two thieves who had got themselves stuck on the roof. Fire brigade and police were called to get them down and arrest them. No damage was caused to the roof.

 

This is a great result for the E-Bound Roof Alarm and the fight against heritage crime.

Picture from Todmorden Unitarian Facebook page.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Hampshire

Oct 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered at around Midnight.

 

Intruders were deterred by the early warning part of the alarm. As the strobe flash is an early warning and does not result in a call to the keyholders. Had the activity on the roof persisted, a full alarm would have sounded but it appears the intruders were deterred. E-Bound have since followed up with the customer. Upon our engineer’s arrival to the church, they have confirmed that there was minimal signs of disturbance on the roof.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Somerset

Oct 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered at around 22:00pm

 

The customer was notified about the intruder activation and E-Bound have since followed up with the customer. Upon our engineer's arrival to the  church, they confirmed that there were minimal signs of disturbance on the roof.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in West Yorkshire

Sept 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered at around 19:30 and a tamper alarm at around 19:40

 

After the alarm triggered, The customer informed us, upon inspection, that a sensor had been damaged but nothing else was found untoward. E-Bound have since re-visited the church and replaced the damaged sensor. Upon our engineers arrival, they have also confirmed that everything was in order.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Oxfordshire

Sept 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered at around 00:30 and 1am

 

After the alarm triggered, the customer informed us upon inspection, that a sensor had been tampered with but nothing else was found untoward.

Roof Alarm Activation at a church in Northamptonshire

Sept 2019

The Roof Alarm triggered at around 9pm

 

After the alarm triggered, the customer informed us that a security fence had been moved/disturbed. After further inspection of the roof they found nothing untoward.

Scaffold Alarm Activation at a church in Suffolk

July 2019

The Scaffold Alarm triggered at 1am, 6am and 7am

 

After the first alarm, a witness saw a 4-door saloon with 4 passengers leaving the church grounds. Contractors in the morning stated that planks had been moved to restrict access, confirming a definite intrusion. No damage was found.

Internal CCTV Alarm Captured Thief Stealing Donations Box at a Church in Devon

June 2019

The alarm was triggered at 20:18

 

The church had their CCTV system upgraded just half an hour before it was able to capture clear footage of someone causing damage by trying to steal the donations box from the church. The suspects also attempted to steal further donations from another area of the church. The footage has been handed to the Police.

Alarm Activated at Church in Buckinghamshire

May 2019

The alarm was triggered at 21:08

 

 a guard was called to attend the site after receiving the activation. Nothing untoward was found at the time of their patrol. Upon inspection by our customer, the roof was checked and no damage was found.

 

The customer is happy that the alarm worked and saved their roof! We do encourage that all activations are investigated for this purpose.

Footprints Found at Church in East Sussex

May 2019

The alarm was triggered at 01:38

 

The keyholders took the call from our Alarm Receiving Centre and took responsibility for the alarm activation. Nothing untoward was found at the time. Upon closer inspection, the vicar discovered fresh, defined footprints.

 

The customer is extremely happy that the alarm worked and saved their roof! We do encourage that all activations are investigated for this purpose.

Scaffold Alarm Activated at Church in Suffolk

May 2019

The alarm was triggered between 19:30 and 21:00

 

The customer informed our team that they suspect that local youths used the scaffolding to play. Police attended preventing damage and roof access.

 

Our customer is extremely happy that the alarm worked and deterred the youths.

Sensor Found Tampered With at Church in Lancashire

May 2019

The alarm was triggered at 02:58am

 

The customer informed our team that they were aware of the alarm activating. On inspection, a sensor was found to have been tampered with but no extra damage to the roof was found.

 

Our customer is extremely happy that the alarm worked and saved their roof again!

Sensor Found Tampered with at Church in Hampshire

Apr 2019

The alarm was triggered at 10:53pm and again at 1:23am

 

Guards we're called to the site but found nothing untoward and the customer reported there had been no damage to the roof.

 

E-Bound engineers visited the church shortly afterwards and found that one of the sensors had been tampered with and pulled away from it's backplate, the damaged sensor was replaced and no damage to the roof was confirmed.

Fresh Footprints Found on Church Roof During Annual Service

Mar 2019

The alarm was triggered at 8:32am 25th February 2019

 

The customer took responsibility for the alarm but found nothing untoward at the time.

 

It wasn't until further inspection on an annual service and maintenance by E-Bound engineers that unknown footprints were found on the roof, the customer has much smaller feet and is the only one to go on the roof, they claim it definitely was not them, leading to the assumption of an attempted theft.

Church Gate Chain Found Cut After Alarm was Activated

Jan 2019

The alarm was triggered at 5:15am

 

Guards were dispatched immediately, but found nothing untoward on site.

 

It wasn't until further inspection when a church contact found the chain to the grounds fence cut, indicating that intruders were indeed present when the alarm triggered.

Ladder Found on Grounds of Church After Alarm was Activated

Dec 2018

The alarm was triggered at 2:43am

 

Guards were dispatched immediately, but found nothing on site. In the morning a neighbour of the church found a ladder hidden amongst trees on the church grounds.

 

It seems clear that the intruders were scared off by the activation of the alarm.

Save at Church in Hertfordshire, Intruders Try to Break Alarm Sensors, They Trigger the Alarm and Run Away

The alarm was triggered in the early hours of the morning (about 1am) after the intruders took a chance and broke one of our sensors off the wall, unfortunately for the intruders our alarms have a tamper feature for this exact reason.

 

After the alarm triggered, the trespassers fled immediately before any security personnel could arrive at the scene.

 

The broken sensor was replaced by an E-Bound engineer the next day.

Save at Church in Staffordshire, Evidence of Trespassers Climbing on the Roof

The alarm sounded at around 00:30

 

The church contacts were notified by our alarm receiving centre and Police also attended the site, fortunately there was no damage to the Church roof.

 

We have since received photographic evidence to confirm intruders were on the roof, with scuffs and scrapes where they have climbed around the roof and grounds.

Save at a Church in Bristol, Alarm, CCTV and Reports Catch Intruders in the Act

The alarm sounded at 1:30am

 

Church contacts were notified by our alarm receiving centre to take responsibility for the activation.

The church got back to us after checking their CCTV footage and confirmed there were intruders on the church roof who were scared off by the alarm, and have now passed on the footage to the Police.

 

A clear and successful save.

Save at Church in Nottinghamshire, Intruders Fled After alarm Triggered, Lead Disturbed but not Taken.

Save at a Church in Essex With a History of Intruders and Lead Being Taken, Intruders Scared by Alarm and no Lead Taken

The alarm sounded at 1am

 

Guards were called and attended the site, they didn't find any signs of intruders. A church contact, reached out to us and confirmed there were clear signs of intruders who attempted to pull up lead, but were eventually scared away by the alarm.

 

Another clear and successful save.

The alarm sounded at a church in Essex at 01:15am

 

Guards were called at the activation. A church contact later commented saying that there were clear signs at an attempt to lift the lead but the alarm scared the intruders off.

 

Another successful save.

Alarm sounded and thieves apprehended by Police

The alarm sounded at a church in Darlington at 00:38am

 

Third party guarding service were called who caught the thieves and handed them over to Police.

 

No damage was caused to the church.

Save at church in Northamptonshire, no damage, but church nearby hit by lead thieves

Save at church in Suffolk, no damage to roof or alarm. Thieves seemed to leave in hurry

The alarm sounded at a church in Suffolk around 6pm.

 

Wardens of the church were contacted as per our regular procedures.

 

Our engineers visited the church and confirmed no damage to the roof or alarm was found, though found signs that the thieves may have left in a hurry down the church guttering.

 

We explained to the church that there has been increased activity in the area and to keep vigilant.

The alarm sounded at a church in Northamptonshire at 6pm, again at 7pm and a third around midnight.

 

Wardens of the church we're contacted as per our regular procedures.

 

Our team has visited the church since and confirmed there were intruders on the premises, but no damage had been done to the roof or the alarm.

 

Unfortunately we learned a church a few miles away had lead stolen.

Save at church in Leicestershire, builders on site discover tampering on roof

The alarm sounded at a church in Leicestershire at around 3pm.

 

Guards were called and attended the church and carried out an external check, found no definite signs of intrusion.

 

Builders that were working on the church roof noticed the tarpaulin and the batons holding it down have been tampered with. This shows that that thieves tried their luck at a vulnerable church but were scared off by the alarm.

Save at church in Suffolk, sensor tamper signals alert

The alarm sounded at a church in Suffolk at around 1am

 

The church received the call from our Alarm Receiving Centre as per our usual procedure.

 

They later checked the roof for damage, finding two of our sensors damaged, both of which sent a tamper signal before being disabled. The sensors have since been replaced and a full system check carried out as per our standard practice.

Save at church in Hampshire, tamper signals, no damage

The alarm sounded at a church in Hampshire several times between 7pm and 8pm.

 

Church contacts were called by our Alarm Receiving Centre and checked the premises accordingly.

 

The church has since had a visit from E-Bound for a system check, there were clear signs of activity on the roof and tampering with the sensors.

Save at church in Cambridgeshire, intruders left behind beer bottles

Save at church in Bradford, tamper signals, no damage

The alarm sounded at a church in Cambridgeshire at 11pm.

 

The church discovered a small amount of lead had been tampered with on the roof, but no further damage. The intruders left behind beer bottles, which we suggested to keep for Police evidence should they need it.

 

Any damage done to a church is devastating, we wholeheartedly believe that the instalment of a reliable roof alarm can minimise damage caused and the cost of repairs.

The alarm sounded at a church in Hampshire several times between 1am and 4am.

 

Church contacts and guarding services were called by our Alarm Receiving Centre and checked the premises accordingly.

 

The church has since had a visit from E-Bound for a system check, there were clear signs of activity on the roof and tampering with the sensors.

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