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
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
|Number of Fire Deaths in the Home in 1999
|Cost of Residential Fires in 1997
|Source: Fire loss in the
United States during 1999, National Fire Protection
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 ¼ of all
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.
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.