(NewsUSA) – During a time when residential burglaries are on the rise, it is comforting to learn that home alarm systems really do deter break-ins. 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 decrease crime. While other studies have concluded that most burglars avoid alarm systems, “The Impact of Home Burglar Alarm Systems on Residential Burglaries” study is the first to focus on alarm systems while scientifically ruling out other factors that could have impacted the crime rate. The research analyzed crime data provided by the Newark Police Department. “Data showed that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark between 2001 and 2005 coincided with an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms,” said study author Dr. Seungmug Lee, professor at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. “The study credits the alarms with the decrease in burglaries and the city’s overall crime rate.” The study found that an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglaries to nearby homes. The study also concluded that the deterrent effect of alarms is felt in the community at large. “Neighborhoods in which burglar alarms were densely installed have fewer incidents of residential burglaries than the neighborhoods with fewer burglar alarms,” the study noted. The more than 300-page study was funded by the non-profit Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice 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. “This type of study assists police departments to effectively deploy their limited resources,” said Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy. “The School of Criminal Justice provides valuable insight into the positive impact alarm systems can have in preventing residential burglaries.” For more information about “The Impact of Home Burglar Alarm Systems on Residential Burglaries” study, please log on to www.AIREF.org.