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Industry Statistics

Prices are dropping...
Due to improved technology and the competitive marketplace, the average price of a security system has decreased in the last nine years, dropping from $1,509. in 1990 to $1,000. in 1999.
Source: Security Sales 2000 Fact Book, 1999 Security Sales Dealer Survey.


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 that for a residence without security systems.
Source: Simon Hakim, Temple University, (215) 204.7476


Where Burglars Enter a House...
One survey in Pennsylvania showed that 81 percent of residential intrusions occur though the first floor. 34 percent of burglars entered through the front door; 22 percent through the back door; 9 percent through the garage; 4 percent entered through an unlocked entrance; 2 percent through a storage area; and only 2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor. A study in Connecticut showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an UNLOCKED door and that in 41 percent of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.
Source: Simon Hakim, Temple University, (215) 204.7476


Police Believe Security Systems Reduce Burglaries...
90 percent of police believe alarms deter burglary attempts.
Source: STAT Resources, Inc. Boston, Mass., (617) 734.2000


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.
Source: International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, Alexandria, VA., (703) 836.6767


People Feel Safe with Security Systems...
94 percent of alarm owners are satisfied with their alarm systems.
Source: Simon Hakim, Temple University, (215) 204.7476


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.
Source: Learn Not To Burn Foundation, Quincy, Mass., (617) 770.3000