Friday, March 27, 2009

Rutgers University Study on Alarm Systems concludes their effectiveness in crime reduction

After five years of studying comphrensive data, the University Of Rutgers School Of Criminal Justice completed a study that concluded that residential alarm systems decreased crime. Prior studies has made the assertion that burglars avoid alarm system, but the Rutgers study is the first to focus on alarm systems while scientifically excluding other variables that could also be linked to crime reduction.
The study was performed using data from the Newark, NJ police department from 2001 thru 2005. According to the data there was a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark as the number of security systems increased. The author of the study, Dr. Seungmug a professor at Northern Ohio University asserts that the number of registered alarm systems in Newark coincides with the reduced crime rate.
To summarize the study findings the denser the concentration of installed security systems the lower the rate of burglaries. Another significant finding of the study was that neighborhoods with more installed security systems had fewer incidents of burglaries and attempted burglaries than neighborhoods with less installed security systems. The more than 300-page study was conducted over a two-year period and funded by the non-profit Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF). SCJ Professors George L. Kelling, Marcus Felson and Ronald V. Clarke and Professor Robert D. McCrie of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York were members of the study’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Dr. Clarke served as committee chair.
Studies like his are valuable resources to police, the alarm industry and other law enforcement agencies. The scientific thrust of this study provides credibility to the alarm industry’s claims that alarm systems reduce crime and aid and benefit law enforcement.
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