Home Security System Facts and Figures
The Security Industry is Growing... In 2000, Americans spent an estimated $17.5 billion on professionally installed electronic security products and services. (This figure includes monthly monitoring fees); previous totals are: $16.2 billion in 1999, $14.9 billion in 1998.

Spending on electronic security products and services is growing at estimated 8.7 percent per year.

In 2000, an average of approximately 12,000 businesses nationwide were classified as "alarm installing entities."

By the end of 2001, it is projected that approximately 17.5 percent of the households in the United States will be protected by professionally installed and monitored electronic burglar alarm systems.

From 1990 to 2000, consumers spent more than $42.8 billion on home security installations (This figure includes monitoring costs).

Security is a Small-Business Dominated Industry... Approximately one-half of the businesses installing alarm systems have annual revenues of less than $250,000 per year and employ four or fewer employees.

Prices are Dropping... Due to improved technology and the competitive marketplace, the average price of a security system has decreased in the last seven years, dropping from $1,509 in 1990 to $1,200 in 1998.

Security Systems Reduce Burglaries... Homes without security systems are about 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems. (Actual statistic ranges from 2.2 times to 3.1 times, depending on the value of the home.) Businesses without alarm systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than commercial locations with electronic security in place.

Losses due to burglary average $400 less in residences with security systems than for a residence without security systems.

Where Burglars Enter a House... One survey in Pennsylvania showed:

81 percent of residential intrusions occur through the first floor
34 percent of burglars entered through the front door
23 percent through a first-floor window
22 percent through the back door
9 percent through the garage
4 percent entered through a basement
4 percent through an unlocked entrance
2 percent through a storage area
2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor

A study in Connecticut showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an UNLOCKED door.

A study in Connecticut showed that in 41 percent of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.

Police Believe Security Systems Reduce Burglaries... 90 percent of police believe alarms deter burglary attempts.

In 1994, the International Association of Chiefs of Police passed a Board Resolution stating that professionally installed and monitored alarm systems are useful instruments to deter crime and provide peace of mind for residential and business owners. The organization also pledged to work with the alarm industry to help reduce the problem of false alarms.

People Feel Safe with Security Systems... 94 percent of alarm owners are satisfied with their alarm systems.

Residential Fires are Expensive and Deadly... About 81% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home.

In 1999, home fires caused $567,000 in damage EVERY HOUR.

Arson... A total of 76,045 arson offenses were reported in 1999. Structures are the most frequent targets of arsonists, comprising 45 percent of the reported incidents in 1999. Residential property was involved in 61 percent of the structural arsons during the year, while 43 percent of the arsons were directed at single-family dwellings.

In 1999, the monetary value of property damaged due to reported arson averaged $10,882 per offense.

Of the arsons cleared in 1999, 48 percent involved only young people under the age of 18, a higher percentage of juvenile involvement than for any other crime.

The Cost of Fire... Self-installed smoke alarms save lives by alerting sleeping residents to get out. Electronic fire alarms not only alert residents, they can also automatically notify the authorities, saving property in addition to lives.

What is the Fire Threat?

Number of Residential Fires in 1992 - 467,000
Number of Residential Fire Deaths in 1992 - 4, 115
Cost of Residential Fires in 1992 - $3,998,000,000

Source: National Fire Experience Survey

Burglar Bars Can Kill... From 1985 to 1991, an average of 16 people died each year due to burglar bars blocking their exits from burning homes or buildings.

Fires are Linked to Products... In 1999, residential fires started by smoking materials (typically cigarettes, cigars and pipes) accounted for roughly 882 civilian deaths, 2,126 civilian injuries, and $335.3 million in direct property damage.

In 1997, children playing with fire (typically lighters and matches) started 16,970 residential, 3,120 business, 850 car and 44,130 other residential structure and outdoor fires. This resulted in 284 civilian deaths, 2,158 civilian injuries, and more than $283.3 million in direct property damage, mostly from home fires.