What is AIREF?
The Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) serves as the research arm of the electronic security industry. Supported by the Electronic Security Association (ESA) this tax-exempt nonprofit organization fuels vital research and educational initiatives to best serve the industry and its relevance in today’s marketplace.
  1. The Impact of Home Burglar Alarm Systems on Residential Burglaries

    A comprehensive five-year study conducted by researchers at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) in Newark, N.J. found that residential burglar alarm systems decrease crime.

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  2. Salt Lake City Residents Regarding Non-response

    A 2006 survey of Salt Lake City, Utah citizens revealed widespread disapproval of a city ordinance that will only dispatch police to a burglar alarm if someone at the scene can verify that a crime is being committed.

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

    Research conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte unveiled a new, more accurate way to measure the effectiveness of false dispatch programs designed to reduce police response to burglar alarms.

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  4. Law Enforcement Alarm Response Solutions Video

    An educational tool for law enforcement officials that highlights alarm management programs that have been successfully implemented and alarm response best practices created by the security industry.

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  5. Building Our Way Out of Crime Publication

    Distribution of “Building Our Way Out of Crime: The Transformative Power of Police-Community Developer Partnerships,” a book that uses case studies to illustrate the methods in which police and community developers can work together to transform high-crime areas into safe neighborhoods.

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  6. Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective

    A revolutionary study released by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte closely examines the decision-making processes of 422 convicted burglars in an effort to assess the deterrent effect of security systems on offenders’ decisions to burglarize.

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  7. Exploring Post-Burglary Adaption from a Victim’s Perspective

    A revised study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte exploring Post-Burglary Adaption from a Victim’s Perspective

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