Study #: 3533 | Published: 07/2017 | Pages: 143 | Individual User License: US$ 5,300

US sales of security alarm systems will rise 5.1% annually, driven mainly by further gains in construction activity, especially in the institutional market. The consumjer market accounted for over 40% of alarm system sales, making it the largest end-user. This same market also represents the largest single outlet for intrusion alarms, since affluent people are more likely to invest in these systems both because they are more able to afford the price and have valuable assets to protect. The elderly are also a growing market segment for PERS alarms, as they increasingly prefer to age in place safely.

This study analyzes the $3.8 billion US market. It presents historical demand data (2006, 2011, 2016) plus forecasts (2021) by product (life safety, intrusion, PERS and related) and market (consumer, trade and distribution, industrial, financial institutions, government, services, offices, healthcare, educational, lodging, air transport, other institutional). The study also offers company market share and analysis of key players including Honeywell International, Johnson Controls International, Melrose Industries (Nortek), NAPCO Security Technologies, Robert Bosch, Royal Philips, Siemens, Stanley Black & Decker, Tunstall Healthcare, and United Technologies.

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Security Alarms Scope

This study analyzes the US market for electronic security alarm systems.

Products covered include:

  • life safety alarm systems
  • intrusion alarm systems
  • PERS and related alarm systems

Excluded from the scope of the study are security services such as alarm monitoring and systems integration, as well as installation and other service revenue. Also excluded are dedicated information security hardware and software (e.g., computer network access devices, encryption, firewalls, and virtual private networks).

In addition, the study does not cover motor vehicle security systems, such as anti-theft, keyless entry, and vehicle recovery systems.

Security Alarms Study Scope Table

Data from the US Census Department were consulted in the preparation of this study and a list of related codes is presented here for informational purposes. However, these codes may not include all products covered in this report or may exclude some products of interest and the data have thus been adjusted accordingly.

Relevant NAICS (2012) & SIC Codes

US Security Alarms Market

Value gains in security alarm demand will be supported by ongoing product development focusing on providing end users with enhanced capabilities, such as improved ease of use and installation, remote monitoring, and interoperability with other security and building automation systems. Gains will be particularly rapid in the relatively small PERS segment, supported by an increasing base of potential end users as the US population continues to gray. Through 2021, overall security alarm demand is expected to increase 5.1% annually.

Security Alarms Market in the US answers the following questions and more:

  • How does alarm usage vary by end use market?
  • Which product developments will drive upgrade sales?
  • How do trends in reported and perceived risk of crime impact sales of security alarms?

Security Alarms Products

Central Station Alarms

  • Central station alarms are monitored systems that notify operators at a private facility, who then follow up by verifying the alarm and contacting the owners of the building and local authorities, who can then be dispatched to the scene. The alarms also create an audible signal that is designed to alert those who are present in the building.

Direct Connect Alarms

  • Direct connect alarms are monitored alarms, like central station alarms; however, these alarms are connected directly to public safety officials (typically a local dispatch station).

Intrusion Alarms

  • Intrusion alarms are used to notify alarm owners when someone or something enters a premises at unauthorized times or in unauthorized areas. Most alarms are set to trip given a specific event, such as sensing when a window breaks or when something moves within a perimeter during a particular time.

Life Safety Alarms

  • Alarms, including smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide detectors, that are used to detect potentially life threatening environmental factors.

Local Alarms

  • Local alarms are stand-alone devices that make an audible or visible signal when the unit is triggered. Newer, connected devices that allow end users to self-monitor the alarm from their computer or mobile device also fall within this segment.

PERS & Related Alarms

  • Alarms and detectors that are used by individuals who may be in a vulnerable position (e.g., an elderly individual living at home alone) in order to quickly call for help in the case of an emergency. Conventional PERS systems feature a portable panic button (worn on a pendant or on the wrist) and a base unit that sends signals to the central station or other entity monitoring the device, alerting them to a problem.

Table of Contents



Key Findings

Trends in Reported versus Perceived Crime Risk


Concern about Crime by Age

Concern about Crime by Consumer Type

Regulatory Environment

Building & Fire Codes

False Alarm Codes

Technological Environment


Two-Way Voice

False Alarm Mitigation

Home Automation & Remote Monitoring

Fall Detection

Alarm Monitoring Service Trends

Pricing Dynamics

Foreign Trade


Key Findings

Demand by Type

Life Safety Alarms


Local Life Safety Alarms

Product Description

Demand Outlook

Local Smoke & Fire Alarms

Product Description

Demand Outlook


Local Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Demand Outlook




Central Station Life Safety Alarms

Direct Connect Life Safety Alarms

Product Description

Demand Outlook

Life Safety Alarm Suppliers

Intrusion Alarms

Local Intrusion Alarms

Product Description

Demand Forecast

Central Station Intrusion Alarms

Direct Connect Intrusion Alarms

Intrusion Alarm Suppliers

PERS & Related Alarms

Demand Outlook

Traditional PERS Alarms

mPERS Alarms

PERS & Related Alarm Suppliers


Key Findings

Demand by Market


Demand Forecast

Alarm Ownership & Purchasing Trends

By Household Income

By Residence Type

By Demographic

Trade & Distribution


Demand Forecast








Financial Institutions




Demand Forecast

Public Venues

Casino Gaming





Air Transport


Other Nonresidential


Key Findings & Industry Composition

Market Share

Research & Product Development


Marketing & Distribution

Mergers & Acquisitions

Cooperative Agreements

List of Participating Companies





Associations & Agencies

Related Freedonia Group Studies



Macroeconomic Assumptions

Economic Environment

Demographic Trends

Building Construction Trends

Residential Building Construction

Nonresidential Building Construction

Building Stock Trends

Housing Stock

Nonresidential Building Stock

Building Establishment Trends

Consumer Spending

Public Safety Environment


Types of Protection Services


Violent Crimes

Property Crimes


Other Nonconventional Crimes


List of Tables


Table 2-1 | Age of Consumers That Agree: "I worry about violence and crime," 2017 (Percent & Index)

Table 2-2 | Types of Consumers That Agree: "I worry about violence and crime," 2007 (Percent & Index)

Table 2-3 | Alarm System Foreign Trade, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)


Table 3-1 | Alarm System Supply & Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-2 | Life Safety Alarm Demand by Application & Product, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-3 | Local Smoke & Fire Alarm Demand by Technology, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-4 | Local Smoke & Fire Alarm Technologies

Table 3-5 | Local Carbon Monoxide Alarm Technologies

Table 3-6 | Intrusion Alarm Demand by Application, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 3-7 | Personal Emergency Response Service & Related Alarm Demand 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)


Table 4-1 | Alarm System Demand by Market, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-2 | Consumer Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-3 | Alarm Ownership & Purchase Trends by Household Income, 2017 (Index)

Table 4-4 | Alarm System Ownership & Purchasing Trends by Residence Type, 2017 (Index)

Table 4-5 | Alarm System Ownership & Purchasing Trends by Age, 2017 (Index)

Table 4-6 |Trade & Distribution Alarm System Demand by Product & Segment 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-7 | Industrial Alarm System Demand by Product & Segment, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-8 | Financial Institutions Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-9 | Government Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-10 | Services Alarm System Demand by Product & Segment, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-11 | Office Building Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-12 | Educational Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-13 | Healthcare Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-14 | Air Transport Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-15 | Lodging Establishment Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Table 4-16 | Other Nonresidential Alarm System Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)


Table 5-1 | Alarm System Sales by Company, 2016 (million dollars)

Table 5-2 | Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures

Table 5-3 | Selected Cooperative Agreements


Table 6-1 | Study Scope: Security Alarm Systems

Table 6-2 | Relevant NAICS (2012) & SIC Codes

Table 6-3 | Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study

Table 6-4 | Macroeconomic Indicators, 2006 - 2021 (billion 2009 dollars)

Table 6-5 | Population & Households, 2006 - 2021 (million persons)

Table 6-6 | Building Construction Expenditures, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)

Table 6-7 | Residential Building Construction, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)

Table 6-8 | Nonresidential Building Construction Expenditures, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)

Table 6-9 | Housing Stock by Type, 2006 - 2021 (million units)

Table 6-10 | Nonresidential Building Stock by Type, 2006 - 2021 (billion 2009 dollars)

Table 6-11 | Business Establishments, 2006 - 2021 (thousands)

Table 6-12 | Personal Consumption Expenditures, 2006 - 2021 (billion dollars)

Table 6-13 | Public Safety Sector Employment, 2006 - 2021 (thousands)

Table 6-14 | Violent Crime Levels, 2006 - 2015 (thousands)

Table 6-15 | Property Crime Levels, 2006 - 2015 (thousands)

Table 6-16 | Incidences of Terrorism in the US, 2006 - 2015

Table 6-17 | Selected Other Nonconventional Crimes, 2006 - 2015 (thousand arrests)

Table 6-18 | Fire Levels & Losses, 2006 - 2015

List of Charts


Figure 1-1 | US Security Alarms Market


Figure 2-1 | Key Trends in the Security Alarm Market

Figure 2-2 | Alarm Monitoring Revenues & Subscribers, 2006 - 2021


Figure 3-1 | Key Security Alarm System Trends by Product

Figure 3-2 | Local Life Safety Alarm Spending per Square Foot of Building Space 2006 - 2021

Figure 3-3 | Local Carbon Monoxide Alarm Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 3-4 | Map of States with Carbon Monoxide Alarm Mandates

Figure 3-5 | Central Station Life Safety Alarm Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 3-6 | Direct Connect Life Safety Alarm Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 3-7 | Local Intrusion Alarm Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)

Figure 3-8 | Central Station Intrusion Alarm Demand, 2006 - 2021 (million dollars)


Figure 4-1 | Key Security Alarm System Trends by Market


Figure 5-1 | US Security Alarm Market Share, 2016

Figure 5-2 | Security Alarm Market Leader: First Leading Supplier

Figure 5-3 | Security Alarm Market Leader: Second Leading Supplier

Figure 5-4 | Security Alarm Market Leader: Third Leading Supplier

Figure 5-5 | Security Alarm Market Leader: Fourth Leading Supplier


Figure 6-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2016, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average (percent)

Figure 6-2 | Annual Population Growth, 2001 - 2016 (percent)

Figure 6-3 | Housing Stock by Year of Construction, 2016 (percent)

Figure 6-4 | US Crime Rates, 2006 - 2015 (reported crimes per thousand people)

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