25 Home Security Stats You Need To Know

25 home security stats to keep your family safer.

25 home security stats to keep your family safer.

A good security stat round up serves to keep you aware of recent U.S. trends and maybe illuminate some blindspots in your own security. With new knowledge, you can make informed decisions about your security and home automation to better protect the people and things that matter to you most.

Here are some recent home security stats you need to know:

Home Security Stats

1. 81 percent of intrusions occur through the first floor. (source: My Alarm Center)

2. In 2019, there were an estimated 6,925,677 property crime offenses in the nation. (source: FBI)

3. 34 percent of intruders enter through the front door, while 22 percent enter through a back door. 12 percent of burglars enter through an unlocked entrance. (source: My Alarm Center)

4. Property crimes in 2019 resulted in losses estimated at $15.8 billion. (source: FBI)

5. 60% of burglars avoid homes with home security company alarm systems and said if they did encounter an alarm, they would not attack the home.

Home Automation Security Stats

6. About 35.2 million wireless embedded smart home monitoring and smart home devices, ranging from contact and motion sensors to smart thermostats and smart plugs, sold in 2020, more than tripling since 2016. (source: Statista)

7. By 2025, the home automation market is estimated to reach $123.36 billion. (source: Yahoo!)

8. Estimates from research firm Gartner predict that an average home could remotely connect up to 500 things in your home with smart home devices. (source: CNBC)

10. 63 million home automations systems are expected to be connected in the U.S. in 2022.  (source: Comfy Living/Statista)

Fire Safety 

11. From 2015-2019, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 346,800 home structure fires, causing an average of 2,620 civilian deaths per year, 11,070 civilian injuries, and $7.3 billion in direct property damage. (source: NFPA)

12. Almost three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires where either no smoke alarm was present (41%) or at least one alarm was present but did not operate (16%). (source: NFPA)

13. In 2015–2019, 46% of home structure fires and 55 % of the home structure fire deaths occurred in the five-month span from November to March. (source: NFPA)

14. Cooking was the leading cause of reported home structure fires and civilian fire injuries from 2015-2019. (source: NFPA)

15. Aside from cooking, most home fires and fire casualties result from accidents in heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting/arson, and smoking materials. (source: NFPA)

Flood Safety

16. 70 percent of failures are due to water tanks bursting or leaking. (source: My Alarm Center)

17. The average home insurance claim for water damage is $11,098. (source: iPropertyManagement)

18. Just one inch of water can cause up to $25,000 of damages. (source: FEMA/FloodSmart)

19. The average cost for repairing flood damage is $15,000. (source: My Alarm Center)

20. 99% of U.S. counties were affected by a flooding disaster from 1996 to 2019. (source: Policygenius)

Life Emergencies

21. About 1 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from chronic malnutrition. (source: Johns Hopkins)

22. In the U.S. the population age 65 and older numbered 54.1 million in 2019 (the most recent year for which data are available). They represented 16% of the population, more than one in every seven Americans. (source: ACL)

23. In the U.S., 27% of adults ages 60 and older live alone, compared with 16% of adults in the 130 countries and territories studied. (source: Pew Research)

24. Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury. One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. (source: CDC)

25. The number of people aged 65 and older is projected to reach 83.7 million by 2050, compared with 43.1 million in 2012.

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Are you feeling the knowledge? Sometimes stats can be overwhelming, but they’re also informative. Keep calm, and consider the facts carefully. Being aware of national trends can help you to make better decisions surrounding your own security and Smart Home integration.

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