In the wake of the school shootings at Columbine High School, U.S. schools are more concerned about security issues than ever before. This report from Packaged Facts analyses the new attention schools are paying to security issues, and where they're turning for help. Four equipment and service categories are covered: access control products, surveillance and communications products, prevention and detection products, and security services. Market size, growth and composition are tabulated, with sales projections through 2005, along with an analysis of the top marketers and the competitive situation. Report features statistics and projections on school enrollment, school expenditures, and school crime, as well as interviews with school security marketers and public and private school administrators.
U.S School Security Market Continues to Thrive ¡V Sales to Reach $570 Million in 2000
New York, October 24, 2000/PRNewswire - MarketResearch.com, the premiere business intelligence marketplace, announced the release of a new study ¡§The U.S. School Security Market¡¨, by Packaged Facts. According to the study, spending on school security systems has increased almost 20% since 1999. In the wake of the tragedy at Columbine High School and other violent acts committed within U.S. schools, a rush to improve school security systems has resulted in increasingly strong gains in sales of more high-tech, expensive security systems. Unlike years before, when schools concentrated on less violent issues like vandalism and burglaries, today¡¦s issues are more threatening and controversial. Hence, sales of metal detectors, CCTV, and advanced access control programs have been steadily climbing.
¡§With school systems feeling the pressure from parents and safety organizations to drastically improve school security¡¨, said Claire Madden, VP of marketing at MarketResearch.com, ¡§school administrators are taking steps to establish long-standing relationships with security equipment companies and spending more than ever before on advanced security systems.¡¨
U.S. schools are expected to spend over $570 million dollars this year on security systems and related devices. This is not surprising, since nationwide surveys uncovered that nearly 40% of high school students reported being the victim of theft in school, and 25% of them were the victim of violence on or near school property. Most alarming is that over 800,000 U.S. students are believed to be carrying a gun to school, while over 88% of school administrators believe that a major violent incident could occur at their schools.
Scope and Methodology
Scope of Report
This report examines the market for school security products and services in pub-lic and private school facilities. School security involves on- or near-school criminality or delinquency, including violence, theft, and vandalism. It can be somewhat more nar-rowly defined than school safety, which also includes issues such as fire prevention and weather preparedness. The school security market largely involves high schools and jun-ior high schools, although primary and even pre-primary schools form a small part of the market. Most of the market falls within four categories¡Xprevention, detection, and maintenance products; surveillance and communications products; access control prod-ucts; and security services¡Xwith this analysis focusing primarily on the higher-tech elec-tronic products within those groupings. Colleges and universities fall outside the scope of this report, although the more established college and university security market is dis-cussed in relation to the emerging school security market. School uniforms are also out-side the quantitative scope of this analysis, although they are discussed in context.
The information contained in this report was obtained from both primary and sec-ondary research. Primary research entailed consultation with industry sources, including interviews (as published within this report) with school security marketers and school administrators. Secondary research entailed data-gathering from relevant trade, business, and government sources, including company literature. Packaged Facts' estimates of school security market size and growth are based on data and trend analysis from national magazines and trade publications such as Security, SDM, and American School & Uni-versityƒz data collected by U.S. government agencies, and interviews with industry sources.