Business Are at the Forefront of Security System Use, But Residences Are Bigger Target


According to a statistic from the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, about 53 percent of businesses are equipped with security systems compared with only 8 percent of homes.

One might guess that businesses are heavy users of security systems because they have more valuable things, such as office equipment, at risk.

Surprisingly, though, statistics for 1990 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that more burglaries occurred in residences than at businesses that year (62 percent versus 38 percent). In addition, the average loss from residential burglaries slightly exceeded the average loss from commercial burglaries, $1,143 versus $1,110.