The main purpose of a bell box is obvious… to make a ruddy great noise. Their role in preventing a burglary in the first place however is possibly even more important than their function.
Burglars will usually quiver in their boots at the sight of a clean, branded bell box. This suggests to them that the alarm is modern, well-maintained and recently installed. Compare this to an old, rusty, unloved and sometimes unbranded waste of plastic attached to your outside wall. In this case; burglars are much more likely to take their chances.
Spot the difference?