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Alarms, Alarm Systems, and Alarm Services


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This SBI report is an in-depth analysis of the growing and profitable $17 billion alarm and alarm service industry. The report covers all aspects of the industry including alarm equipment manufacturing, installation contractors, and alarm monitoring services. The report provides data on U.S. shipments, imports, exports, residential and nonresidential markets, vehicular markets, alarm montoring services, crime and fire loss statistics, the cost structure and profitability of alarm equipment plants, and the Canadian market situation. SBI profiles 33 major service providers and equipment suppliers.


Scope And Methodology

The SBI Market Profile on Alarms, Alarm Systems, and Alarm Services analyzes the growth and profit potential of this dynamic industry. This comprehensive statistical database covers alarm and alarm system shipments, imports, and exports; the cost structure of alarm and alarm system plants; residential and nonresidential building markets; vehicular markets; security alarm monitoring services; and crime and fire loss statistics. In addition, major service providers and equipment suppliers were profiled in order to uncover competitor strategies.

Alarm and alarm system market sales were calculated from shipments, export, and import trends (Section 1). Equipment data was combined with installation contractor revenues and alarm monitoring service revenues in order to provide a total picture of the size and growth of the U.S. alarm industry. Data trends were compiled from U.S. Department of Commerce surveys. Shipment and trade data are further segmented by market sector — intrusion, fire, and vehicular, and by equipment type — local (including smoke detectors), central station, direct connect, and hold-up systems (Section 2). Trade data is compiled from U.S. Custom Service forms and is provided by product type and major countries of origin and destination (Sections 3 and 9). Statistics Canada data looks at the Canadian market situation.

Residential, nonresidential, and vehicular markets are analyzed in Sections 4 and 5. Trade publication data review dealer revenues by system and service type, installations by market sector, the average price of residential security systems, and household penetration levels. Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys provide demographics of U.S. household smoke alarm purchases and alarm system service spending. These sections also include factors affecting demand including building construction trends, housing demand, remodeling spending, motor vehicle sales, and state vehicle registrations. The section on security system services also provides a regional revenue analysis (Section 7). These are correlated with crime statistics by region and state (Section 8). These data trends were compiled from statistics provided by various government agencies.

SBI also supplies data on the cost structure and profitability of U.S. alarm and alarm system plants (Section 6). Commerce Department data covering these plants are supplemented with individual company sales and profit margins to evaluate the competitive environment. A similar effort was made to collect company data on security system service providers. Company financial statistics were compiled as part of an exhaustive effort to provide competitor intelligence (Section 10). Annual reports, databases, and trade journals were searched for growth- and profit-oriented strategies of major global alarm and alarm system manufacturers and service providers.

Action-oriented executives are urged to use this competitive intelligence and comprehensive database to uncover growing product lines, expand service potential, penetrate key end-use market opportunities, and develop cost-saving operating strategies. Executives are urged to compute their own company’s market share and compare their company’s own operating ratios to the industry averages as part of this process.

Categories Covered:

  • Residential/Non-Residential Alarms
  • Vehicular Alarms
  • Security System Services
  • Alarm Monitoring Services

Issues Addressed:

  • Current and Projected Market Growth
  • Factors Affecting Market Growth
  • Rising International Market
  • Distribution Patterns
  • Alarm System Imports/Exports
  • Company Mergers

Highlights:

  • Smoke Detector, Intrusion, Fire Alarm Market Sales to 2005
  • U.S. Security System Installations by Market Sector
  • Household Spending on Alarms
  • Factory Sales of Vehicle Security Equipment: Total and Aftermarket
  • U.S. Crime Rates by Type

Competitive Profiles:

  • AFA Protective Systems
  • Bay Alarm
  • Checkpoint Systems
  • Code-Alarm
  • Detection Systems
  • Directed Electronics
  • Edison International
  • Firecom
  • Firetector
  • Firstservice
  • Gentex
  • George Risk Industries
  • Guardian Alarm
  • Honeywell International
  • ITI Technologies
  • Microtec Enterprises
  • Mirtronics Mosler
  • Mytec Technologies
  • Napco Security Systems
  • North American Detectors
  • Numerex
  • The Pittston
  • Protect America
  • Protection One
  • SBC Communications
  • Siemens
  • Slomins
  • SPX
  • Sunbeam
  • Tyco International
  • Vector Security
  • Williams

Hours of Research: 600

Section 1 U.S. Alarm, Alarm System, And Alarm Service Market Trends

  • Executive Summary
  • Industry Size And Growth
  • Alarm Monitoring Services
  • Consolidation In The Alarm Monitoring Service Sector
  • Alarms Manufacturer Restructuring
  • Manufacturer Profitability
  • Outlook
  • Scope And Methodology
  • Table 1-1 U.S. Market For Alarms And Alarm Systems, Alarm Installations, And Alarm Services, 1982-2005 (dollars)
  • Figure 1-1 U.S. Market for Alarms and Alarm Systems, Alarm Installations, and Alarm Services, 1992, 2000, and 2005 (dollars)
  • Table 1-2 Value Of U.S. Alarm And Alarm System Market Sales, 1982-2005 (dollars and percent): Total Alarm Market Sales And Growth Analysis
  • Figure 1-2 Value of U.S. Alarm and Alarm Systems Market Sales, 1987-2000 (dollars)
  • Table 1-3 Real U.S. Alarm And Alarm System Market Sales, 1987-2005 (dollars and percent): Real Market Sales And Growth Analysis
  • Table 1-4 Value Of U.S. Smoke Detector And Intrusion, Fire, And Other Alarm Market Sales, 1982-2005 (dollars and percent)
  • Table 1-5 U.S. Producer Price Trends For Alarms And Alarm Systems, 1986-2005 (index and percent): Alarms And Alarm Systems Wholesale Price Index And Growth Analysis

Section 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, 1977-2005 (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, 1982-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (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, 1977-2005 (dollars and percent): Ionization Chamber Type And Other Types
  • Table 2-11 U.S. Quantity Smoke Detector And Carbon Monoxide Detector Shipments, 1984-2000 (number): Smoke Detector Shipments, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, And Growth Analysis
  • Table 2-12 U.S. Producer Price Trends For Alarms And Alarm Systems By Market Sector And Product Line, 1995-1999 (index and percent): Local And Central Station Intrusion, Smoke And Heat Detection, And Fire Alarms

Section 3 U.S. Alarm System Imports

  • Summary Of Major Findings
  • Imports' Position In The U.S. Alarm And Alarm Systems Market
  • Product Line Penetration Levels
  • Source Of Foreign Supplies
  • Table 3-1 U.S. Imports Of Alarms And Alarm Systems, 1982-2000 (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, 1982-2000 (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, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Battery Operated Smoke Detectors, Ionization Type Smoke Detectors, Other Electric Smoke Detectors, Electric Burglar Alarms, And Other Alarms
  • Table 3-4 U.S. Imports Of Smoke Detectors For The Top Ten Countries Of Origin, 1994-1999 (number and dollars)
  • Table 3-5 U.S. Imports Of Burglar, Fire, And Other Alarms For The Top Twelve Countries Of Origin, 1994-1999 (number and dollars)

Section 4 U.S. 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, 1996-1999 (dollars): Burglar And Fire Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, And Home Systems; Residential And Nonresidential Sales/Installation, Service Maintenance, And Monitoring/Leasing
  • Table 4-2 Percent Total U.S. Security Industry Dealer Revenues By System And Service Type, 1996-1999 (percent): Burglar And Fire Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, And Home Systems; Residential And Nonresidential Sales/Installation, Service Maintenance, And Monitoring/Leasing
  • Table 4-3 U.S. Security System Installations By Market Sector, 1991-1999 (number): Residential And Nonresidential
  • Table 4-4 Average U.S. Price For Residential Security Systems, 1989-1999 (dollars)
  • Table 4-5 U.S. Residential Market Saturation By Product Sector, 1992-1998 (percent): Home Security Systems, Smoke Detectors, And Smoke/Fire/Intrusion Systems
  • Table 4-6 U.S. Household Spending On Smoke Alarms, 1984-2000 (dollars): Total Household Spending, Growth Analysis, And Average Household Spending
  • Table 4-7 U.S. Household Spending On Smoke Alarms By Demographic Characteristic, 1993-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
  • Table 4-8 Average U.S. Household Spending On Smoke Alarms By Demographic Characteristic, 1993-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
  • Table 4-9 U.S. Homeowner Spending On Alarm System Services By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-2000 (dollars): Total Homeowners, Primary Residences, And Vacation Homes
  • Table 4-10 U.S. Homeowner Spending On Alarm System Services By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
  • Table 4-11 Percent U.S. Homeowner Spending On Alarm System Services By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-1998 (percent): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
  • Table 4-12 Average U.S. Homeowner Spending On Alarm System Services By Demographic Characteristic, 1992-1998 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Size Of Household, And Region
  • Table 4-13 Distribution Of U.S. Households By Demographic Characteristic, 1985-1998 (percent): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Household Size, Region, And Total Households
  • Table 4-14 Real U.S. Spending On Building Construction, 1977-2000 (dollars): Household Income, Age Of Household Head, Household Size, Region, And Total Households
  • Table 4-15 Total U.S. Housing Demand By Sector By Region, 1994-2000 (number): Northeast, Midwest, South; Existing Home Resales, New Housing Units Completed, and Mobile Home Placements
  • Table 4-16 Real U.S. Spending On Construction Put In Place By Market And Building Type 1996-2000 (dollars): Residential, Nonresidential, And Public Buildings
  • Table 4-17 New U.S. Privately Owned Housing Units Started And By Type Of Structure, 1980-2000 (number): Total Starts, And In Structures With 1 Unit, 2 Units, 3 And 4 Units, And 5 Units Or More
  • Table 4-18 Monthly Private U.S. Housing Units Authorized By 19,000 Building Permit Places By Region, 1999 And 2000 (units): Northeast, Midwest, South, West, and Total
  • Table 4-19 U.S. Residential Property Owner Expenditures For Improvements, Additions, Alterations, And Repairs And Spending By Single-Family Homeowners, 1985-2000 (dollars)
  • Table 4-20 U.S. Home Mortgage Interest Rates And Personal Income, 1980-2000 (percent and dollars)

Section 5 U.S. Vehicle Alarm Market

  • Summary Of Major Findings
  • Vehicle Security Equipment Sales
  • Factors Affecting Demand
  • Regional Markets
  • Table 5-1 U.S. Factory Sales Of Vehicle Security Equipment, 1990-2000 (dollars): Total And Aftermarket Sales
  • Table 5-2 New U.S. Motor Vehicle Sales, 1992-2000 (number): New Domestic and Imported Cars, and New Light and Other Trucks
  • Table 5-3 Total U.S. Motor Vehicle Registrations By State, 1985-1998 (number)

Section 6 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, 1982-2000 (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, 1982-2000 (percent): Payroll, Material Costs, And Gross Profit Margin
  • Table 6-3 U.S. Alarm And Alarm System Plant Labor Situation, 1982-2000 (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, 1982-2000 (dollars): New Capital Expenditures And Percent Value
  • Table 6-5 U.S. Shipments Of Alarms And Alarm Systems By State, 1992 And 1997 (dollars)
  • Table 6-6 Number Of U.S. Alarm And Alarm System Manufacturers And Average Shipments Per Company By Product Type, 1987-1998 (number and dollars): Intrusion Detection, Fire Detection and Prevention, Automotive, and Total
  • Table 6-7 Sales And Profit Trends For Eleven U.S. Alarm And Alarm System Manufacturers, 1994-1999 (dollars and percent)

Section 7 U.S. Security System Services

  • Summary Of Major Findings
  • Security System Service Revenue Trends
  • Value-Added Services
  • Consolidation Among Top Competitors
  • Regional Markets
  • Table 7-1 Number And Revenues Of U.S. Security System Services, 1977-2005 (number and dollars)
  • Table 7-2 U.S. Revenues Of Fire And Security System Contractors, 1987-2000 (dollars)
  • Table 7-3 U.S. Security System Service Labor Situation, 1977-2000 (number and dollars): Number Of Employees, Revenue Per Employee, Payroll Percent Revenue, And Payroll Per Employee
  • Table 7-4 Revenues Of U.S. Security System Services By Region And State, 1987-2000 (dollars)
  • Table 7-5 Percent Of U.S. Security System Service Revenues By Region And State, 1987-2000 (percent of total of U.S. revenues)
  • Table 7-6 Per Capita U.S. Security System Service Revenues By Region And State, 1987-2000 (dollars)
  • Table 7-7 Number Of U.S. Security Systems Services By Region And State And Average Revenues Per Service, 1987-1997 (number)
  • Table 7-8 Top Fifteen U.S. Security System Monitoring Companies, 1996 And 1998 (dollars)
  • Table 7-9 Sales And Profit Trends For Seven U.S. Alarm Monitoring Service Companies, 1994-1999 (dollars and percent)

Section 8 U.S. Crime And Fire Loss Statistics

  • Summary Of Major Findings
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Regional Factors
  • Fire Losses
  • Table 8-1 U.S. Crime Rates, 1972-1999 (number and percent): Total, Violent Crime, And Property Crime
  • Table 8-2 U.S. Property Crime Rates By Type, 1972-1999 (number): Total Property, Burglary, Larceny Theft, And Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Table 8-3 U.S. Burglaries And Average Value Lost, 1972-1998 (number and dollars): Residences And Nonresidences
  • Table 8-4 U.S. Property Stolen And Percent Recovered, 1990-1998 (dollars and percent): Currency, Jewelry, Clothing, Motor Vehicles, Office Equipment, Home Entertainment, Firearms, Household Goods, Consumable Goods, Livestock, and Miscellaneous
  • Table 8-5 U.S. Household Burglary Rates By Demographic Characteristic, 1985-1997 (number): Total, Income Class, Race, And Residence
  • Table 8-6 U.S. Burglary Rates By Region And State, 1980-1998 (number)
  • Table 8-7 U.S. Larceny-Theft Rates By Region And State, 1985-1998 (number)
  • Table 8-8 Number Of U.S. Motor Vehicle Thefts, 1980-1998 (number)
  • Table 8-9 U.S. Motor Vehicle Theft Rate By Region And State, 1985-1998 (number)
  • Table 8-10 Distribution Of U.S. Population By Age Group, 1970-2000
  • Table 8-11 U.S. Fire Losses, 1975-1998 (dollars and percent): Total Losses, Growth Analysis, And Per Capita

Section 9 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, 1977-2000 (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, 1982-2000 (dollars and percent): Smoke Detectors And Intrusion, Fire, And Other Alarms
  • Table 9-3 U.S. Exports Of Alarms And Alarm Systems By Product Type, 1992-2000 (number and dollars): Battery Operated Smoke Detectors, Ionization Type Smoke Detectors, Other Electric 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, 1994-1999 (dollars)
  • Table 9-5 Quantity U.S. Smoke Detector Exports For The Top Twenty-Five Countries Of Destination, 1994-1999 (number)
  • Table 9-6 Value Of U.S. Burglar, Fire, And Other Alarm Exports For The Top Thirty-Five Countries Of Destination, 1994-1999 (dollars)
  • Table 9-7 Quantity U.S. Burglar, Fire, And Other Alarm Exports For The Top Thirty-Five Countries Of Destination, 1994-1999 (number)
  • Table 9-8 Canadian Burglar, Fire Alarm, And Smoke Detector Market Sales, 1991-1998 (Canadian dollars)
  • Table 9-9 Canadian Imports Of Burglar, Fire Alarms, And Smoke Detectors By Major Country Of Origin, 1994-1998 (number and Canadian dollars)
  • Table 9-10 Canadian Exports Of Burglar, Fire Alarm, And Smoke Detectors By Major Country Of Destination, 1994-1998 (Canadian dollars)

Section 10 Profiles Of Leading U.S. Alarm Equipment Manufacturers And Alarm Monitoring Service Companies

  • AFA Protective Systems, Inc.
  • AFA Services And Facilities
  • Sales Trends
  • Bay Alarm Co
  • Alarm Services Revenues And Customer Base
  • Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
  • Checkpoint Security System Group
  • Code-Alarm, Inc
  • Vehicle Security Products
  • Markets And Customers
  • Sales And Profit Trends
  • Detection Systems, Inc.
  • Security Products
  • Manufacturing And Markets
  • Sales And Profit Trends
  • Directed Electronics, Inc.
  • Vehicle Security Systems And Sales
  • New Products
  • Edison International
  • Edison Security Service
  • Firecom, Inc.
  • Fire Controls Division
  • Sales And Profit Trends
  • Firetector, Inc
  • Firetector Products
  • Revenue Trends
  • Firstservice Corp.
  • Intercon Security
  • Acquisition
  • Gentex Corp.
  • Fire Protection Products
  • Sales And Profit Trends
  • George Risk Industries, Inc.
  • Security Alarm Products And Sales
  • Guardian Alarm
  • Alarm Services And Revenues
  • Honeywell International, Inc
  • Security Services
  • Security Products
  • ITI Technologies, Inc.
  • Security Products
  • Marketing And Manufacturing
  • Sales Trends
  • Planned Merger With SLC Technologies
  • Microtec Enterprises, Inc.
  • Security Services
  • Revenue Trends
  • Mirtronics, Inc.
  • Products And Revenues
  • Mosler, Inc.
  • Security Systems And Products
  • Sales Trends
  • Mytec Technologies, Inc.
  • Security Services And Revenues
  • Napco Security Systems, Inc
  • Alarm Systems
  • New Products
  • Sales Trends
  • North American Detectors, Inc.
  • Alarm Products
  • Sales Trends
  • Numerex Corp.
  • Uplink Security
  • The Pittston Co
  • Brinks' Home Security
  • Revenue Trends
  • Protect America, Inc
  • Security Services And Revenues
  • Protection One, Inc
  • Security Services
  • Business Segment Revenues
  • SBC Communications, Inc.
  • SecurityLink Services And Revenues
  • Canadian Expansion
  • Siemens AG
  • Cerberus Division
  • Slomin's
  • Security Services and Revenues
  • SPX Corp.
  • Fire Detection Systems
  • Sunbeam Corp
  • First Alert
  • Tyco International, Inc.
  • Security Services
  • Fire Protection
  • Sales Trends
  • Vector Security, Inc
  • Security And Fire Services
  • Acquisition
  • Williams PLC
  • Security Products And Services

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