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Convicted Burglars Admit Alarm Systems Are Deterrents

IRVING, Texas — A new survey funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) reveals that burglars are often deterred from specific targets that have alarm systems installed.
Conducted by criminal justice professors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC), the report titled “Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” uses feedback from 422 incarcerated male and female burglars across North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio.
Roughly, 83% of respondents reported that they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, while 60% stated that an alarm system would cause them to seek an alternative target. More than half of the intruders said they would discontinue the burglary if they discovered an alarm. Another 31% said they would consider discontinuing the burglary, while 13% said they would continue regardless.

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