Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective

A new study funded by AIREF and recently released by the University of North Carolina – Charlotte closely examines the decision-making processes of 422 randomly-selected, incarcerated male and female burglars across three states (North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio). This study was designed to specifically assess the deterrent effect, if any, of burglar alarms on offender’s decisions to burglarize. Read more.


An Assessment of the Calculation Process and Validity of False Alarm Estimates

This report provides a starting point for identifying and defining the relevant terminology as well as offering suggestions for improved false/invalid alarm calculation and reporting in the future.

Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice Study

A comprehensive study of five years of statistics by researchers at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) in Newark found that residential burglar alarm systems deter crime.

Salt Lake City Study

The Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation (AIREF) has announced the results of a first-of-its kind survey designed to assess citizens’ reactions to a “verified response” city ordinance. The study, released in Salt Lake City, shows 65 percent of registered voters in one of the first communities to adopt verified response disapprove of it and would vote for politicians who would change it.

Independent research on verified response