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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 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; 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.

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.

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.


Fire & Arson Statistics
What is the Fire Threat?
Number of Residential Fires in 1999 371,000
Number of Fire Deaths in the Home in 1999 2,895
Cost of Residential Fires in 1997 $4,565,000,000
Source: Fire loss in the United States during 1999, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Residential Fires are Expensive and Deadly...
About 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home. In 2000, residential fires resulted in over $5 billion in property losses.

Fires are Linked to Products...
In 2000, smoking materials were the leading cause of roughly of all civilian deaths.
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.

Arson Statistics
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.


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