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Security Statistics

Police believe security systems reduce burglaries...

  • 90 percent of police believe alarms deter burglary attempts. (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. The organization also pledged to work with the alarm industry to help reduce the problem of false alarm activations. (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. (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. (Learn Not To Burn Foundation, Quincy, Mass., 617-770-3000)

Fires are linked to products...

  • In 1993, fires started by cigarettes accounted for roughly 1,000 civilian deaths, more than 3,000 civilian injuries, and nearly $400 million in direct property damage. (National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Mass., 617-984-7274)
  • In 1993, children playing with lighters started home fires resulting in 145 civilian deaths, more than 1,500 civilian injuries, and just over $130 million in direct property damage. (National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Mass., 617-984-7274)

Where burglars enter a house...
One survey in Pennsylvania showed that:

  • 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
  • Only 2 percent entered anywhere on the second floor (Simon Hakim, Temple University, 215-204-7476)
  • A study in Connecticut showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an UNLOCKED door. (Simon Hakim, Temple University, 215-204-7476)
  • A study in Connecticut showed that in 41 percent of alarmed homes that were burglarized, the security system was not turned on.(Simon Hakim, Temple University, 215-204-7476)