Hand bells do produce a beautiful tone. They're also prime targets for thieves, if someone breaks into the facility. The brass is very valuable. So most places keep the hand bells under a secure lock and key.
It's a real investment for any group to get a set of hand bells. Even a small, say two-octave set, will run two or three thousand US dollars, if not more. And they just go up in price from there. A group also has to make certain the facility is temperature controlled. Hand bells will go out of tune if they are exposed to extremes of temperature. And believe me -- it is *not* cheap to get hand bells re-tuned!