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Alarms, Alarm Systems, and Alarm Services


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The $13 billion U.S. alarm industry is a growing and profitable sector of the domestic economy. This Specialists in Business Information market profile provides data on: burglar and fire alarms, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; central systems; and vehicular equipment. Data trends cover U.S. shipments, imports, exports, residential and nonresidential markets, vehicular markets, alarm monitoring services, crime and fire loss statistics, the cost structure, and more. Profiles are included for 47 major service providers and equipment suppliers.


  1. U.S. Alarm, Alarm System, and Alarm Service Market Trends
    • Executive Summary
    • Industry Size and Growth
    • Alarm Monitoring Services
    • Alarms and Alarm Systems
    • Restructuring of the Alarm Monitoring Service Sector
    • Alarm Equipment Suppliers Extend Lines
    • Outlook
    • Table 1-1 U.S. Market for Alarms and Alarm Systems, Alarm Installations, and Alarm Services: 1982-2003 (dollars)
    • Table 1-2 Value of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Market Sales: 1982-2003 (dollars and percent): Total Alarm Market Sales and Growth Analysis
    • Table 1-3 Real U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Market Sales: 1987-2003 (dollars and percent): Real Shipments and Growth Analysis
    • Table 1-4 Value of U.S. Smoke Detector and Intrusion, Fire, and Other Alarm Market Sales: 1982-2003 (dollars and percent): U.S. Smoke Detector Sales and Intrusion, Fire, and Other Alarm Sales
    • Table 1-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Alarms and Alarm Systems: 1986-2003 (Index and Percent): Alarms and Alarm Systems Wholesale Price Index and Growth Analysis
    • Scope and Methodology

  2. U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Shipments
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Overall Alarm and Alarm System Shipments
    • Intrusion Detection Equipment Shipments
    • Fire Detection and Prevention Equipment Shipments
    • Vehicle Alarm Shipments
    • Table 2-1 Value of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Shipments: 1972-2003 (dollars): Shipments of Alarms and Alarm Systems and Growth Analysis
    • Table 2-2 Alarm and Alarm Systems' Position in the U.S.
    • Communication Equipment Industry: 1982-2003 (dollars and percent): U.S. Communication Equipment Shipments, Percent GDP, and Alarms' Share of U.S. Communication Equipment Shipments
    • Table 2-3 Value of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Shipments by Major Market Sector: 1977-2003 (dollars): Intrusion Detection Equipment, Fire Detection and Prevention Equipment, and Automotive Equipment
    • Table 2-4 Value of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Shipments by Major Product Type: 1977-2003 (dollars): Local, Central Station, Direct Connect, Hold-Up and Other, and Automotive
    • Table 2-5 Distribution of U.S. Dollar Alarm and Alarm System Shipments by Major Product Type: 1977-2003 (percent): Local, Central Station, Direct Connect, Hold-Up and Other, and Automotive
    • Table 2-6 Value of U.S. Intrusion Detection Equipment Shipments by Product Type: 1977-2003 (dollars): Total Shipments, Growth Analysis, Local, Central Station, Direct Connect, and Hold-Up and Other Systems
    • Table 2-7 Distribution of U.S. Dollar Intrusion Detection Equipment Shipments by Product Type: 1977-2003 (percent): Local, Central Station, Direct Connect, and Hold-Up and Other Systems
    • Table 2-8 Value of U.S. Fire Detection and Prevention Equipment Shipments by Product Type: 1977-2003 (dollars): Total Shipments, Growth Analysis, Smoke and Heat Detection, Central Stations, and Direct Connect
    • Table 2-9 Distribution of U.S. Dollar Fire Detection and Prevention Equipment Shipments by Product Type: 1977-2003 (percent): Smoke and Heat Detection, Central Stations, and Direct Connect
    • Table 2-10 Value of U.S. Smoke and Heat Detection Alarm Shipments by Product Type: 1977-2003 (dollars and percent): Ionization Chamber Type and Other Types
    • Table 2-11 U.S. Quantity Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Shipments: 1984-1998 (number): Total Shipments and Growth Analysis
    • Table 2-12 U.S. Producer Price Trends for Alarms and Alarm Systems by Market Sector and Product Line: 1992-1998 (Index and Percent): Local and Central Station Intrusion, Smoke and Heat Detection, and Fire Alarms

  3. U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Imports
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Imports' Position in the U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Market
    • Product Line Import Penetration Levels
    • Source of Foreign Supplies
    • Table 3-1 U.S. Imports of Alarms and Alarm Systems: 1978-1997 (dollars and percent): U.S. Alarm Imports, Growth Analysis, and Percent U.S. Alarm Sales
    • Table 3-2 U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Imports by Major Product Sector: 1982-1997 (dollars and percent): Smoke Detectors and Intrusion, Fire, and Other Alarms
    • Table 3-3 U.S. Imports of Alarms and Alarm Systems by Product Type: 1990-1997 (numbers and dollars): Battery Powered Smoke Detectors, Ionization Type Smoke Detectors, Other Smoke Detectors, Electric Burglar Alarms, and Other Alarms
    • Table 3-4 U.S. Imports of Smoke Detectors for the Top Ten Countries of Origin: 1992-1997 (number and dollars)
    • Table 3-5 U.S. Imports of Burglar, Fire, and Other Alarms for the Top Twelve Countries of Origin: 1992-1997 (number and dollars)

  4. Residential and Nonresidential Alarm and Alarm System Markets
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Residential Markets
    • Nonresidential Markets
    • Table 4-1 U.S. Security Industry Dealer Revenues by System and Service Type: 1996 and 1997 (dollars): Burglar Alarms, Fire Alarms, CTV, Access Control, Home Systems, and Other; Installations Monitoring, Service Monitoring, Service, Monitoring, and Home Systems
    • Table 4-2 U.S. Security System Installations by Market Sector: 1991-1997 (number): Residential and Nonresidential
    • Table 4-3 Average U.S. Price for Residential Security Systems: 1989-1997 (dollars)
    • Table 4-4 U.S. Residential Market Saturation by Product Sector: 1992-1996 (percent): Home Security Systems, Smoke Detectors, and Smoke/Fire/Intrusion Systems
    • Table 4-5 U.S. Household Spending on Smoke Alarms: 1984-1997 (dollars): Household Spending, Growth Analysis, and Average Household Spending
    • Table 4-6 U.S. Household Spending on Smoke Alarms by Demographic Characteristic: 1988-1995 (dollars): Household Income, Age of Household Head, Size of Household, and Region
    • Table 4-7 Average U.S. Household Spending on Smoke Alarms by Demographic Characteristic: 1988-1995 (dollars): Household Income, Age of Household Head, Size of Household, and Region
    • Table 4-8 Distribution of U.S. Households by Demographic Characteristic: 1975-1996 (number and percent): Household Income, Household Size, Age of Household Head, Region, and Total Households
    • Table 4-9 Real U.S. Spending on Building Construction: 1977-1997 (dollars): Total Building, Residential Buildings, and Nonresidential Buildings
    • Table 4-10 Real U.S. Spending on Building Construction by Type of Structure: 1993-1997 (dollars): Residential and Nonresidential Buildings by Type, Private and Public Buildings by Type
    • Table 4-11 Total U.S. Housing Demand by Sector and by Region: 1992-1997 (units): Existing Home Resales, New Housing Units Completed, and Mobile Home Placements
    • Table 4-12 New U.S. Privately Owned Housing Units Started by Type of Structure: 1980-1997 (number): Total Starts, and in Structures With 1 Unit, 2 Units, 3 and 4 Units, and 5 Units or More
    • Table 4-13 Monthly Private U.S. Housing Units Authorized by 19,000 Building Permit Places and by Region: 1996 and 1997 (number): Total U.S., Northeast, Midwest, South, and West
    • Table 4-14 U.S. Residential Property Owner Expenditures for Improvements, Additions, Alterations, and Repairs: 1972-1997 (dollars and percent): Total Spending on Improvements and Growth Analysis
    • Table 4-15 U.S. Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Personal Income: 1980-1997 (percent and dollars): New Home Mortgage Interest Rates and Real Disposable Personal Income

    • Vehicle Alarm Markets
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Vehicle Security Equipment Sales
    • Factors Affecting Demand
    • Regional Markets
    • Table 5-1 U.S. Factory Sales of Vehicle Security Equipment: 1990-1998 (dollars): Vehicle Security Equipment and Growth Analysis
    • Table 5-2 U.S. Motor Vehicle Production: 1972-1998 (number): Total Production, Passenger Cars, and Trucks and Buses
    • Table 5-3 Total U.S. Motor Vehicle Registrations by State and Percent New Registrations: 1985-1996 (number and percent)

  5. Cost Structure of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Plants
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Number of Industry Manufacturers and Plants
    • Plant Profitability
    • Table 6-1 Number of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Plants and Plant Revenues: 1982-1998 (number and dollars): Number of Plants, Plant Revenues, and Revenues per Plant
    • Table 6-2 U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Plant Operating Ratios and Profit Margins: 1982-1998 (percent): Payroll, Material Costs, and Gross Profit Margin
    • Table 6-3 U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Plant Labor Situation: 1982-1998 (number and dollars): Number of Employees; Shipments per Employee; Production Workers Percent Total Employees, Average Hourly Wages, and Average Weekly Hours
    • Table 6-4 New Capital Expenditures by U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Plants: 1982-1995 (dollars): New Capital Expenditures and Percent Value Added
    • Table 6-5 Number of U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Manufacturers and Average Shipments per Company by Product Type: 1987-1996 (number and dollars)
    • Table 6-6 Share of U.S. Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Market Sales by Brand: 1992-1996 (percent)
    • Table 6-7 Sales and Profit Trends for Nine U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Manufacturers: 1993-1997 (dollars and percent)

  6. U.S. Security System Services
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Security System Service Revenue Trends
    • Value-Added Services Boost Growth
    • Industry Restructuring
    • Regional Markets
    • Table 7-1 Number and Revenues of U.S. Security System
    • Services: 1972-2003 (number and dollars)
    • Table 7-2 U.S. Security System Service Labor Situation: 1972-1997 (number and dollars): Number of Employees, Revenue per Employee, Payroll Percent Revenue, and Payroll per Employee
    • Table 7-3 Subsystems Most Commonly Integrated With Security Systems: 1997 (percent)
    • Table 7-4 Revenues of U.S. Security System Services by Region and State: 1987-1997 (dollars and percent)
    • Table 7-5 Per Capita U.S. Security System Service Revenues by Region and State: 1987-1997 (dollars)
    • Table 7-6 Number of U.S. Security System Services by Region and State: 1987-1997 (number)
    • Table 7-7 Top Twenty U.S. Security Service Monitoring Companies: 1996 (dollars and number): Gross Revenues, Growth Rate, Share of Industry Revenues, Subscribers, Installations, and Operating Locations
    • Table 7-8 Sales and Profit Trends for Eleven U.S. Alarm Monitoring Service Companies: 1993-1997 (dollars and percent)

  7. U.S. Crime and Fire Loss Statistics
    • Summary of Major Findings 84 Property Crime Rates
    • Regional Factors
    • Fire Losses
    • Table 8-1 U.S. Crime Rates: 1967-1997 (number and percent): Total Crime Rate, Growth Analysis, Violent Crime Rate, and Property Crime Rate
    • Table 8-2 U.S. Property Crime Rates by Type: 1967-1997 (number): Total Property, Burglary, Larceny Theft, and Motor Vehicle Theft
    • Table 8-3 U.S. Burglaries and Average Value Lost: 1972-1996 (number and dollars): Residences and Nonresidences
    • Table 8-4 U.S. Property Stolen and Percent Recovered: 1990-1996 (dollars and percent): Currency, Jewelry, Clothing, Motor Vehicles, Office Equipment, Home Entertainment, Firearms, Household Goods, Consumable Goods, and Livestock
    • Table 8-5 U.S. Household Burglary Rates by Demographic Characteristic: 1988-1996 (Rate): Total, Income Class, Race, and Location
    • Table 8-6 U.S. Burglary Rates by Region and State: 1985-1996 (number)
    • Table 8-7 U.S. Larceny-Theft Rates by Region and State: 1985-1996 (number)
    • Table 8-8 U.S. Motor Vehicle Theft Rate by Region and State: 1985-1996 (number)
    • Table 8-9 Distribution of U.S. Population by Age Group: 1970-1996 (percent)
    • Table 8-10 U.S. Fire Losses: 1974-1996 (dollars and percent): Total Losses, Growth Analysis, and per Capita

  8. U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Exports and the Canadian Market Situation
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • U.S. Export Trends
    • Key Foreign Markets
    • Canadian Market Situation
    • Table 9-1 U.S. Exports of Alarms and Alarm Systems: 1972-1997 (dollars and percent): U.S. Alarm Exports, Growth Analysis, and Percent U.S. Shipments
    • Table 9-2 U.S. Exports of Alarms and Alarm Systems by Major Product Sector: 1982-1997 (dollars and percent): Smoke Detectors and Intrusion, Fire, and Other Alarms
    • Table 9-3 U.S. Alarm and Alarm System Exports by Product Type: 1992-1997 (number and dollars): Battery Powered Smoke Detectors, Ionization Type Smoke Detectors, Other Smoke Detectors, Electric Burglar Alarms, and Other Alarms
    • Table 9-4 Value of U.S. Smoke Detector Exports for the Top Twenty-Five Countries of Destination: 1992-1997 (dollars)
    • Table 9-5 Quantity U.S. Smoke Detector Exports for the Top Twenty-Five Countries of Destination: 1992-1997 (number)
    • Table 9-6 Value of U.S. Burglar, Fire, and Other Alarm Exports for the Top Thirty Countries of Destination: 1992-1997 (dollars)
    • Table 9-7 Quantity U.S. Burglar, Fire, and Other Alarm Exports for the Top Thirty Countries of Destination: 1992-1997 (number)
    • Table 9-8 Canadian Burglar, Fire Alarm, and Smoke Detector Market Sales: 1991-1996 (Canadian dollars)
    • Table 9-9 Canadian Imports of Burglar, Fire Alarms, and Smoke Detectors by Major Country of Origin: 1994-1996 (Number and Canadian Dollars)
    • Table 9-10 Canadian Exports of Burglar, Fire Alarms, and Smoke Detectors by Major Country of Destination: 1994-1996 (Canadian dollars)

  9. Competitor Intelligence: Company Profiles and Recent Developments
    • Summary of Major Findings
    • Service Sector Feels Pressure From Telcom and Power Utility Providers
    • Introduction of Value-Added Services Contributes to Competitive Environment
    • Traditional Alarm Monitoring Industry Consolidates
    • Alarm Manufacturers Upgrade and Extend Product Lines
    • Expanding International Marketing
    • Methodology, Sources, and Objectives
    • AFA Protective Systems, Inc.
    • Ameritech Corp
    • Automated Security Holdings PLC
    • Borg-Warner Security Corp
    • Cerberus Pyrotronics, Inc.
    • Chubb Holdings Ltd.
    • Code-Alarm, Inc.
    • The Coleman Co., Inc
    • Consilium AB
    • Detection Systems, Inc.
    • Ensec International, Inc.
    • Entergy Corp
    • Firecom, Inc
    • Firetector, Inc
    • First Alert, Inc
    • Firstservice Corp
    • General Signal Corp.
    • Gentex Corp
    • George Risk Industries, Inc
    • Halma Plc
    • Hochiki Corp.
    • Home Security International
    • Honeywell Inc.
    • IES Group Plc
    • International Electronics, Inc
    • ITI Technologies, Inc
    • Menvier-Swain Group Plc
    • Microtec Enterprises, Inc
    • Mosler, Inc
    • Mirtronics, Inc
    • Mytec Technologies Inc
    • Napco Security Systems, Inc
    • Nohmi Bosai Ltd.
    • North American Detectors, Inc
    • Numerex Corp.
    • Pittston Brinks Group
    • Pittway Corp 163 Protection One, Inc
    • Rentokil Initial Plc
    • Response USA, Inc
    • Rollins, Inc
    • Secom Co., Ltd
    • Securitas, AB
    • Stratesec, Inc
    • Tyco International, Ltd.
    • Williams Holdings, Plc
    • Winland Electronics, Inc

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