DIY gaining ground on traditional alarm systems.

PARKS Associates research revealed at the end of 2018 that 28 per cent of U.S. broadband households had of an active security system, up from 26 per cent in 2017, with 24 per cent having professional monitoring.

However, Parks’ Connected Trends & Disruption in Home Security reported that 52 per cent of households that are highly likely to purchase a security system in the next 12 months plan to buy a system that is self-installed.

“Professional installation continues to be the dominant choice for home security systems, but self-installation continues to experience growth,” Dina Abdelrazik, senior analyst, Parks Associates, said in a release.

Additional research includes:

* A third of security system owners have a camera and about 25 per cent have a video doorbell or smart door lock.

* 28 per cent of current security system owners report having higher than average household income, higher education levels than average, are more likely to have children at home, and own their homes.