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SBE Tracks Break-ins at Transmitter Sites

Over the last few months, there have been numerous reports of break-ins and vandalism at transmitter sites. Several sites in Houston were hit and in one case the attackers cut through the roof of a concrete building to gain access to the site. The latest edition of SBE Shorts notes, "The recent rash of break-ins at station transmitter sites in some areas of the country has caught the attention of many broadcast engineers and also that of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. There has been speculation that some of these incidents may not be just random acts but pre-planned activities by terrorist operatives."

SBE urged broadcasters to report any break-ins or other malicious activities to local authorities and the FBI office, and also to let SBE know. SBE is keeping a log of the break-ins. SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay is sharing the information with the FBI in Washington, D.C. Send any information to him at The December issue of SBE Signal--the SBE printed newsletter--has additional information about the break-ins.