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U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations

The future will be exciting for the U.S. alarm systems and services market. Although the market has dropped to $17.5 billion from a high in 2002 of $18.1 billion, the broader security and safety market is in the midst of dynamic change spurred on by the convergence of advanced technologies, integrated systems, cross-channel innovation and end user awareness and interest in security, which is no longer limited to fire and intrusion.

U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations contains comprehensive data on the U.S. market for alarms, including historical (1997-2006) and forecast (2007-2011). The report covers alarm and alarm system shipments, imports and exports; the value of alarm system services and installations; crime and fire loss statistics; and residential versus non-residential building markets. It identifies the key trends and dynamics of the alarm market, including current economic conditions, marketing efforts and consumer spending, and profiles key market players, outlining their strategies to maximize growth and profitability.

Report Methodology
The information in U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations is based on data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Fire Administration, trade associations such as the National Fire Protection Association and the Security Industry Association, business journals such as Security Distributing & Marketing magazine and Security Sales & Integration, company literature and websites, and research services such as Simmons Market Research Bureau.

What You’ll Get in This Report
U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations makes important predictions and recommendations regarding the future of this market, and pinpoints ways current and prospective players can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones. No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations offers. Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You’ll Benefit from This Report
If your company is already doing business in the alarms market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market for alarm systems, services and installations, as well as projected markets and trends through 2011.

This report will help:

  • Marketing managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for alarm systems and services.
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for alarm systems and services.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the banking and retail industries understand the product buyer to develop messages and images that compel consumers to buy alarm systems and services.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


  • Executive Summary
    • Scope
      • Methodology
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Market Contracts to $17.5 Billion
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market by Category, 1997-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market Share by Category, 2006 (%)
      • Market Value of Alarms & Alarm Systems
        • Table U.S. Market Value of Alarms & Alarm Systems by Shipments, Imports and Exports, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Alarms & Alarm Systems by Segment, 1997-2006 (in million $)
      • Alarm & Alarm System Imports
    • Market Forecast
      • Table Forecast of U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations, 2006-2011 (in billion $)
    • Market and Product Trends
      • Converge or Bust
      • Outside Forces Breaking In
        • Table Top Factors Driving Security Business Growth, 2006
        • Table Current Dollar and Real GDP, 2002-Q2 2007 (in trillion $)
        • Table Federal Funds Target Rate at End of Year, 2002-2006
        • Table Producer Price Index for Alarm System Manufacturing, 1997-2006
      • Non-residential Construction Poses Better Opportunity
      • Residential Security System Installations on the Decline
      • Selected Product Innovations
      • Alarm Company Negligence: Is It Gross or Is It Ordinary?
    • Distribution and Marketing
      • Diverse and Fragmented Marketplace May Become More So
        • Table Top 10 Alarm System Service Providers by Number of Residential Subscribers, 2005 and 2006
        • Table Top 10 Alarm System Service Providers by Number of Non-Residential Subscribers, 2005 and 2006
      • Manufacturer Distribution Points: Mostly Intermediary
      • Get Branding or Get Lost
      • The Internet Shifts Outreach
    • End User Discussion
      • Non-residential Security and Safety End Users Expand
      • Niche Becoming the Norm
      • Facility Managers Hold the Purse Strings
    • Consumer Focus
      • Fire Detector Ownership Outstrips Burglar Detector
        • Table Alarm & Alarm System Penetration Rates, 2003-2006 (% of U.S. households)
      • Targeted Demographic Opportunities
  • The Market
    • Scope
      • Methodology
    • Market Size and Growth
      • Market Contracts to $17.5 Billion
        • Table U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations, 1997-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market by Category, 1997-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market Share by Category, 2006
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market Share by Category, 1997-2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market Share by Customer Type, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Alarms & Alarm Systems as a Percentage of Telecommunications Equipment, 2002-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Security System Services as a Percentage of Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services, 2002-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Fire & Security System Installations as a Percentage of Electrical Contractor Business, 2002-2006(E) (in billion $)
      • Market Value of Alarms & Alarm Systems
        • Table U.S. Market Value of Alarms & Alarm Systems by Shipments, Imports and Exports, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Imports and Net Shipments as a Percentage of Alarms & Alarm Systems Market Value, 1997-2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Exports as a Percentage of Alarms & Alarm System Shipments, 1997-2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Shipments of Alarms & Alarm Systems by Segment, 1997-2006 (in million $)
      • Alarm & Alarm System Imports
        • Table U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Imports by Product Type, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Electric Burglar Alarm Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Burglar/Fire Alarm & Similar Apparatus Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Ionization Smoke Detector Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Battery Operated Smoke Detectors Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of Other U.S. Smoke & Heat Detector Imports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Imports by Top 15 Countries of Origin, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Imports by Top Five Countries of Origin, 2006 (%)
        • Table U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Exports by Product Type, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Electric Burglar Alarm Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Burglar/Fire Alarm & Similar Apparatus Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Ionization Smoke Detector Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of U.S. Battery Operated Smoke Detector Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table Quantity of Other U.S. Smoke & Heat Detector Exports (in millions) and Price per Unit, 1997-2006
        • Table U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Exports by Top 15 Countries, 1997-2006 (in million $)
        • Table Share of U.S. Alarm & Alarm System Exports by Top 10 Countries of Origin, 2006 (%)
    • Market Forecast
      • Market to Top $19.6 Billion by 2011
        • Table Forecast of U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations, 2006-2011 (in billion $)
        • Table U.S. Alarm Market Forecast by Category, 2006-2011 (in billion $)
  • Fire and Crime Loss Statistics
    • Overview
      • Table Response to Level of Safety: Safer Now Than Before 9/11?, 2004, 2006, 2007
      • Fire by the Numbers
        • Table Number of U.S. Fires, Deaths, Injuries and Property Damage, 1977-2005
        • Table Estimates of Structure Fires and Property Loss by Property Use, 2005
        • Table Leading Causes of Fatal Residential Structure Fires with Working Smoke Alarms, 2001-2004
        • Table Human Factors Contributing to Fatalities in Residential Structure Fires with Working Smoke Alarms, 2001-2004 (%)
        • Table Arson Structure Fires, Deaths and Dollar Losses, 1996-2005
      • Property and Violent Crime
        • Table U.S. Crime Rates: Total, Violent and Property Crime, 1986-2005 (per 100,000 inhabitants)
        • Table U.S. Property Crime Rates by Type, 1986-2005 (per 100,000 inhabitants)
        • Table U.S. Burglaries and Average Value Lost, Residence vs. Non-residence, 1986-2005
        • Table U.S. Property Stolen and Percentage Recovered, 1997, 2002 and 2005 (in million $)
        • Table U.S. Burglary Rates by Region and State, 1985-2005 (per 100,000 inhabitants)
        • Table U.S. Larceny/Theft Rates By Region and State, 1985-2005 (per 100,000 inhabitants)
  • Market and Product Trends
    • Converge or Bust
      • Outside Forces Breaking In
        • Table Top Factors Driving Security Business Growth, 2006
        • Table Current Dollar and Real GDP, 2002-Q2 2007 (in trillion $)
        • Table Federal Funds Target Rate at End of Year, 2002-2006
        • Table Producer Price Index for Alarm System Manufacturing, 1997-2006
    • Residential vs. Non-residential Markets
      • Non-residential Construction Poses Better Opportunity
        • Table Value of U.S. Construction by Sector, January 2006 vs. January 2007 (in billion $)
        • Table Value of U.S. Private Construction by Sector, January 2006 vs. January 2007 (in billion $)
        • Table Value of U.S. Public Construction by Sector, January 2006 vs. January 2007 (in billion $)
      • NAR's 2007 Projections for Non-residential Segments
        • Table Forecast for the Office Market Segment, 2006 vs. 2007
        • Table Forecast for the Industrial Market Segment, 2006 vs. 2007
        • Table Forecast for the Retail Market Segment, 2006 vs. 2007
        • Table Forecast for the Hospitality Market Segment, 2006 vs. 2007
      • Housing Downturn Hurts Residential Alarm Market
        • Table Sales of New and Existing Homes, 2000-2006 (in thousands)
        • Table Home Sales vs. Top Alarm Service Company Revenues, 2003-2006 (% change)
      • Residential Security System Installations on the Decline
        • Table Total U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System: Homes Built Within Previous Four Years, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System: Homes Built Within Previous Four Years vs. Homes Older Than Four Years, 2005 (%)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Occupied Homes Built Within Previous Four Years, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System: Those Who Moved in the Past Year, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Occupied Homes of Those Who Moved in the Past Year, 1999-2005 (%)
      • Minority Household Installations Mixed, Seniors Dwindle
        • Table U.S. Black Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Black Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Hispanic Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Hispanic Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Senior Citizen (Age 65+) Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Senior Citizen (Age 65+) Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
      • Installations by Geographic Area
        • Table U.S. Central City Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Central City Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Suburban Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Suburban Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table U.S. Occupied Homes Outside MSAs* Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: U.S. Occupied Homes Outside MSAs*, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table Share of U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System by Region, 2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System by Region, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table Northeastern U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: Northeastern U.S. Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table Midwestern U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Household vs. Not Done by Household: Midwestern U.S. Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table Southern U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Households vs. Not Done by Households: Southern U.S. Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
        • Table Western U.S. Occupied Homes Adding or Replacing a Security System, 1999-2005 (in thousands)
        • Table Share of Security System Installations Done by Households vs. Not Done by Households: Western U.S. Occupied Homes, 1999-2005 (%)
    • Product Trends
      • Product Innovations
      • Stopping the False Alarm
        • Table Most Common Customer Causes of False Alarms, 2005-2006
        • Table Potential One-Year Cost of False Alarms for Citrus Heights, CA, Residents Using ADT
      • Growing Oversight
      • Alarm Company Negligence: Is It Gross or Is It Ordinary?
  • Corporate Profiles
    • Overview
      • Table Top 25 Alarm System Service Providers by Number of Residential Subscribers, 2005 and 2006
      • Table Top 25 Alarm System Service Providers by Number of Non-Residential Subscribers, 2005 and 2006
    • Tyco International Ltd.
      • Table Tyco International Ltd.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Estimated U.S. Revenues of Tyco International Fire & Security, 2002-2006 (in billion $)
        • Table Share of Product vs. Service Sales: Tyco International Fire & Security U.S. Revenues, 2002-2006 (%)
        • Table Share of Security vs. Fire Sales: Tyco International Fire & Security U.S. Revenues, 2002-2006 (%)
      • Product and Service Portfolio
        • Table Selected ADT Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Solutions by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • Siemens AG
      • Table Siemens AG
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Estimated U.S. Revenues of Siemens Intrusion and Fire Alarm Systems, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
      • Significant Events
    • The Brink's Co.
      • Table The Brink's Co.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table U.S. Revenues of Brink's Home Security, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Brink's Home Security Services by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • United Technologies Corp.
      • Table United Technologies Corp.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Estimated U.S. Revenues of UTC Fire & Security, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected UTC Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Solutions by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • The Stanley Works
      • Table The Stanley Works
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table U.S. Revenues of Stanley Security Solutions, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected Stanley Security Products and Services by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • Honeywell
      • Table Honeywell
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table U.S. Revenues of Honeywell Intrusion and Fire Alarm Systems, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected Honeywell Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Solutions by Brand
      • Significant Events
    • Protection One, Inc.
      • Table Protection One, Inc.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table U.S. Revenues of Protection One and Integrated Alarm Services Group, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected Protection One Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Services by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • Monitronics International, Inc.
      • Table Monitronics International, Inc.
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table U.S. Revenues of Monitronics International, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected Monitronics Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Services by Customer Type
      • Significant Events
    • GE Security
      • Table GE Security
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Estimated U.S. Revenues of GE Security, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected GE Security Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Solutions by Category
      • Significant Events
    • Bosch North America
      • Table Bosch North America
      • Overview
      • Performance
        • Table Estimated U.S. Revenues of Bosch North America's Intrusion and Fire Alarm Systems, 2002-2006 (in million $)
      • Product Portfolio
        • Table Selected Bosch Fire & Security Alarm Systems and Solutions by Category
      • Significant Events
  • Distribution and Marketing
    • Diverse and Fragmented Marketplace May Become More So
      • Manufacturer Distribution Points: Mostly Intermediary
        • Table Selected Alarm System Authorized Dealer Programs, 2007
      • Wooing Salespeople Outside the Xbox
      • Get Branding or Get Lost
      • Residential Consumer Direct Marketing Concerns
      • Marketing Fear
      • Internet Shifts Outreach
      • Busy Trade Show Circuit
        • Table Selected Security Industry Trade Shows and Conferences, 2007
  • End User Discussion
    • Non-residential Security and Safety End Users Expand
      • Homeland Security Influences Market Growth
        • Table U.S. Homeland Security Funding by National Strategy Mission Area, 2005 and 2006 (in billion $)
      • Niche Becoming the Norm
      • Small Business Outsourcing
      • Protecting the Vulnerable
        • Table Industry Response to "How do you believe the Virginia Tech tragedy will affect the electronic security industry?"
      • Facility Managers Hold the Purse Strings
    • Consumer Focus
      • A Note About the Simmons Survey
      • Fire Detector Ownership Outstrips Burglar Detector
        • Table Alarm & Alarm System Penetration Rates, 2003-2006 (% of U.S. households)
      • Targeted Demographic Opportunities
        • Table Usage Indexes by Demographic Breakout: Owners of Burglar Alarm/Security Systems or Smoke/Fire Detectors vs. Non-owners, 2006 (U.S. households)
      • Less Fortunate, More Fearful?
        • Table Indicator Indexes for Agreement with Psychographic Statement: "I Worry About Violence and Crime," 2006 (U.S. households)
        • Table Indicator Indexes for Agreement with Psychographic Statement: "I Worry About Violence and Crime and I Own a Burglar Alarm/Security System," 2006 (U.S. households)
      • Home Improvement Linked to Alarm Ownership
        • Table Indicator Indexes for Selected Home Improvement Activities: Burglar Alarm/Security System Owners, 2006 (U.S. households)
  • Appendix of Selected Marketers

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