According to Jaaxy.com, 30,000 people searched online for the best home security cameras last month. What begs the question for me though is, how many people actually pulled the trigger and bought some sort of system. Some of my readers have said to me in one form or another “everybody has a security camera nowadays.” But do they really? I beg to differ.
The numbers don’t lie. The numbers below are compelling reasons for a person to buy a security system, even just a 1 camera system. A 1 camera system is very affordable and easy. I can show you later if you like.
But first the numbers…
The Number of Households with Some Form of Security
I did a little research to see if “everybody” does in fact have a security camera nowadays. I searched and found some really good info from a forum by John Honovich. Several different sources were quoted, including securitysales.com, the Columbus Dispatch and parksassociates.com.One thing securitysales.com found was that in the beginning of 2012, “25% of U.S. broadband households reported having any security system [some form of] in use; in 2013 and 2014, that percentage increased to 26%.”
They also found that in 2012, “there were approximately 29.7 million U.S. households with [some form of] active security system; in 2014, that number has increased by ~1.6 million to 31.3 million total households with an active security system.”
The evidence that they have gathered also shows that in the three years tracked (2012, 2013, 2014), the number of professionally monitored homes has risen from 15% to 18%, the number of self-monitored fee based security systems is decreasing from 4% to 2%, and the number of homes with local alarm only security systems is about 6%.
None of these numbers suggest that there are a lot of households that are being covered by security in general, and even less are covered by security cameras also.
Households with Any Security Cameras
Honovich also quotes from the securitysales.com report, about the 2014 ‘Home Systems Study’ from ParksAssociates.com which reported that “17% of U.S. broadband households report the presence of network security cameras in 2014.” A simple search on Google shows that there are 125.82 million households in the US. “Since 70% of households have broadband, assuming 0% for non broadband households, that would mean [less than] 12% of all households have a network security camera,” or 1 in 8 homes. Think of 8 homes of friend or family members off the top of your head. How many of them have security cameras? One of them?
On Honovich’s forum, Ethan Ace quotes an article from the Columbus Dispatch on home surveillance cameras relevant to the conversation. Columbus (Ohio) Police Sgt. Greg Hoyle was interviewed about catching burglars with home security cameras: “Coming across footage of a crime at a residence doesn’t happen often, said Sgt. Greg Hoyle, a burglary-squad supervisor. Of more than 29,000 theft and burglary reports last year, only about a dozen had home-surveillance video as evidence.” That’s a very, very low percentage.
Honovich’s started his forum as a way to interact with people about the Google Consumer Survey he ran in March of 2013. The survey parameters were for 1000+ consumers (general population, not surveillance people) asking them if they use a surveillance camera (or cameras) at home. The survey said: 15% of households have security cameras in them. That’s a pretty low number.
Please leave your thoughts and comments below. I recommend the following for getting started on a security system for you and your family. There are affordable DIY options available as well as the cheapest monitored system that I know of as well:
DIY Security System
- Arlo Pro Security Camera System – completely wire-free
- Nest Camera System – wireless but needs power
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