Surveillance cameras now enjoy widespread usage in schools, airports, street corners, shops, and homes. But how legal are they, how fast is their adoption rate, and what are some hidden numbers around these lenses?
We unearthed the most intriguing data about surveillance cameras and came up with quite the count.
Dive into these exciting surveillance camera statistics and data to discover unique trends and gain actionable insights into this industry.
Top 8 Surveillance Camera Statistics (Editor’s Pick)
- 90% of US campus security and surveillance cameras were used to cover entrances and exits in 2022.
- 71% of surveillance camera installers chose vendors with a broader camera range.
- Loss prevention was the highest use case for surveillance cameras in the logistics industry.
- In 2022, 54% of US colleges and universities frequently relied on their surveillance cameras to get evidence(s).
- 336 million households had smart security cameras installed in 2021.
- 93% of US campuses had surveillance cameras installed in 2022.
- The IP video surveillance market reached a $32.41 billion valuation in 2022.
- Indoor security cameras are expected to enjoy a 10% CAGR between 2022 – 2032.
General Surveillance Camera Statistics
1. In 2022, 49% of American adults feared hackers gaining access to their surveillance cameras.
Of the surveyed 2,000 American adults, 13% (or about 260 persons) had their surveillance cameras hacked in the past. Likewise, over 5 in 10 (52%) of these adults implemented a security protocol against hackers.
2. 25% of surveillance camera users associated its biggest threats with equipment manufacturers.
In 2022, 1 in 4 professionals using video surveillance cameras believed manufacturer-created backdoors were at the highest risk of getting breached.
19% believed poor installation work put them at risk of hacks, while another 14% cited insufficient hardware protection.
Another 24% did not experience a surveillance camera supply shortage, while 2% did not even know that a global chipset shortage crisis was affecting their market.
4. Wireless home surveillance camera units will cross 220 million shipments by 2030.
The UK alone is expected to account for 1 million units in the same year.
5. 90% of US campus security and surveillance cameras were used to cover entrances and exits in 2022.
In 81% of cases, the cameras handled perimeter security. Other everyday use cases can be found in the table below.
|Covering entrance and exit||90%|
|Monitoring parking facilities||67%|
|Covering remote areas||61%|
|Covering high-risk areas||46%|
|Watching vandalism-prone areas||42%|
6. 60% of organizations stored their surveillance camera feed in the cloud (only) in 2021.
In contrast, 63% of organizations embraced this storage model in 2020.
7. By 2021, 40% of global organizations combined cloud and on-site surveillance camera footage storage.
Data from 1,000+ organizations across 100 countries showed a 3% increase (from 37%) in companies choosing this hybrid storage model compared to 2020.
8. There was a 3% demand drop for <2MP resolution surveillance cameras in 2021.
Instead, more users demanded 2MP cameras (1% rise) and those with better than 2MP resolutions (2% surge).
9. Hikvision was the most popular surveillance camera brand used in 2021.
It was deployed in 28% of cases in 2020 but gained 24 percentage points to hit a 52% usage share among surveillance companies in 2021.
10. Usage of the Aviglion cameras declined by 8% in 2021.
While they were used by 20% of surveyed surveillance camera service companies in 2020, usage fell to 12% in 2021. Dahua (from 13% to 7%) and Axis (from 23% to 4%) were other providers that declined.
Surveillance Camera Adoption Statistics
Thus, representing about a quarter of the global video surveillance market.
12. 19% of US adults got a surveillance camera due to rising neighborhood crime rates.
In a 2022 survey of 2,000 US adults, another 15% got surveillance cameras due to rising crime rates in the city.
13. Almost 4 in 10 American adults used surveillance cameras to monitor delivery workers.
38% of surveyed American adults in 2022 installed a surveillance camera to monitor package delivery workers. Likewise, 32% used these cameras to monitor their neighborhood, while 29% of users checked on their kids and pets via surveillance cams.
Only 15% used it to monitor their domestic staff.
14. 81% of surveillance camera stakeholders reported increased demand for these units in 2021-2022.
Most 419 surveyed respondents, including installers, consultants, vendors, distributions, and end users, claimed increased surveillance camera demand.
16% of the surveyed respondents claimed demand remained the same, while 3% believed the demand decreased.
15. 71% of surveillance camera installers chose vendors with a broader camera range.
Another 64% would consider the camera’s unique performance features, while 61% cared about the ease of integration.
The table below shows the top 7 reasons for installers to adopt a surveillance camera vendor in 2022.
|Wide range of cameras||71%|
|Ease of integration||61%|
|Cost of hardware||49%|
|Trust in manufacturer||40%|
16. In 2022, upfront costs were the most significant barrier to AI adoption in surveillance cameras.
47% of surveyed respondents cited upfront costs, followed by 30% concerned about AI’s accuracy (false negatives/positives).
17. Over 4 in 10 respondents adopted/installed an AI-based surveillance camera in 2021 – 2022.
While 42% of respondents upgraded from analog surveillance cameras, another 51% installed AI systems or used other deep-learning models in their existing cameras.
18. In 2022, 20% of respondents trusted humans more than AI in handling surveillance camera systems.
23% of the respondents needed clarification on the benefit of having AI-based surveillance camera systems, hence choosing not to adopt them.
19. 24% of surveillance camera users did not adopt AI solutions due to ongoing licensing fees.
The 2022 survey shows that extra costs were also a concern for 29% of users and the cost of training employees to use the system (17%).
20. 11% of professionals did not implement AI in surveillance cameras due to storage concerns.
However, this 2022 data is better than in 2021, where 21% of respondents felt the same way.
21. 37% of respondents adopted AI for facial recognition in surveillance cameras.
This 2022 report also included 35% who adopted AI to estimate the number of people in a space. Another 33% were interested in detecting loiterers, 27% wanted to analyze consumer behavior, and 14% sought footfall analysis data.
22. In 2022, only 16% of business users adopted AI in surveillance cameras for security purposes.
43% of respondents used it for vehicle checks instead, and 27% cited workspace optimization as their main reason for adoption.
23. 40% of healthcare surveillance camera professionals claimed demand was not increasing.
However, they claimed the demand remained high in 2022. Conversely, another 35% of installers and consultants believed there was a growing demand for surveillance camera/video tech in the healthcare market.
24. 62% of surveillance camera installers/consultants in the logistics sector cited rising or high demand in 2022.
But 10% of these professionals believed the sector’s demand for video surveillance technology was either dwindling or low.
25. Video monitoring businesses saw a 30.3% client base growth rate in 2020-2021.
These businesses also had a 33.8% revenue increase in 2021 compared to the previous year.
Surveillance Camera Usage Statistics
26. Commercial usage accounted for about a third of all CCTV camera applications by 2022.
Companies drove 32.9% of sales to CCTV cameras globally. In contrast, residential applications accounted for 16.4% of all CCTV camera usage.
27. Almost half of American residential surveillance camera users reviewed footage daily.
According to a 2022 survey, 48% of US adults check their security camera feed daily. Another 38% only checked the footage weekly. However, over half (52%) would review the footage multiple times daily if they left their homes for over a day.
28. In 2022, most (71%) of US adults used surveillance cameras in their front yards.
Conversely, 58% of US adults installed a surveillance camera in their backyards.
29. Almost a quarter of business organizations used AI in surveillance cameras to prepare for emergencies in 2022.
24% believed combining AI and surveillance cameras improved fire safety readiness. Another 22% believed it helped improve readiness for general emergencies.
30. Security was the most critical use case for surveillance cameras in the education sector in 2022.
67% of surveillance camera installers, consultants, and integrators in education cited security as the primary reason for adoption. Less than half (45%) of the respondents also claimed staff and student health and safety as a crucial reason for adoption.
31. 56% of surveillance experts believed “security” drove the adoption of surveillance cameras in the healthcare sector in 2022.
It was only bested by patient and staff health and safety, reported by 60% of respondents.
32. Loss prevention was the highest use case for surveillance cameras in the logistics industry.
54% of industry professionals cited this use case in 2022.
33. 86% of US K-12 school respondents claimed to monitor their perimeters with surveillance cameras.
That was more than the colleges and universities (67%) using surveillance cameras for the same purpose in 2022.
34. 87% of US campuses (colleges, unis, and K-12s) and healthcare centers used their surveillance cameras daily in 2022.
This was among a share of those institutions with surveillance cameras installed. Likewise, 7% used these cameras weekly.
35. Only 1% of healthcare and educational intuitions with surveillance cameras installed rarely use them.
As of 2022, another 2% claimed only to use these cameras a few times per year, while 3% of respondents did not know how often the cameras were used.
36. 41% of higher institutions deployed surveillance cameras to monitor theft-prone areas in 2022.
29% of K-12s used surveillance cameras for the same purpose in 2022.
37. 22% of US college campuses used surveillance cameras to verify visitors in 2022.
That was lower than 46% of US schools that deployed their surveillance cameras in the same capacity.
38. Only 11% of US campuses used surveillance cameras for facial recognition in 2022.
However, 25% of these schools used these cameras to monitor weather conditions.
39. 43% of organizations retained surveillance camera footage in the cloud for 30 days.
That made the highest retention frequency in 2021. It was followed by 31% of organizations that retained their footage for up to one week.
|Cloud Recording Retention||Share of Organizations|
|Up to 1 week||31%|
40. 78% of organizations kept surveillance camera footage on on-site storage for up to 60 days.
This group kept their on-site recordings for 30-60 days in 2021.
However, 2 in 10 organizations, on average, kept their on-premises recordings for 90-180 days.
Surveillance Camera Crime Prevention Statistics
41. 21% of US campuses claimed their surveillance cameras frequently prevented crime in 2022.
53% of respondents believed it sometimes prevented crime, but 18% agreed it rarely or never stopped campus crime.
42. Over 6 in 10 US schools frequently got evidence(s) for investigations from their security and surveillance cameras.
A 2022 survey shows that 61% of US campuses were in this category.
In contrast, 1% said security cameras never provided any evidence for their investigations, while such occurrences were rare with 5% of respondents.
43. In 2022, 54% of US colleges and universities frequently relied on their surveillance cameras to get evidence(s).
Likewise, 63% of K-12 school respondents also claimed to frequently get assistance during investigations from their surveillance camera footage.
Surveillance Camera Statistics by Type
44. Dome cameras were the most installed between 2021-2022.
75% of surveillance camera installers surveyed in 2022 claimed to have installed a dome camera in the past 12 months. 59% said the same for bullet cameras, while 57% of respondents installed PTZ Cameras.
|Surveillance Camera Type||Installation Popularity|
45. Multi-directional surveillance cameras were used more than bidirectional alternatives in 2022.
28% of surveyed security camera installers fitted multi-directional surveillance cameras between 2021 to 2022. However, only 17% of the installers supplied bidirectional surveillance cameras to clients in that timeframe.
46. 46% of clients and installers preferred 4K/HD surveillance cameras in 2022.
Only 9% demanded 2MP or lower definition cameras in the same period.
47. 43% of clients and installers demanded vandal-resistant cameras in 2022.
Another 24% of these groups increased the demand for covered cameras, while 11% were interested in explosion-proof cameras.
48. IR surveillance cameras with a reach over or under 30 meters were demanded equally in 2022.
Among professionals (consumers) and installers, there was a 25% demand for IR surveillance cameras reaching over 30 meters and those up to 30 meters.
49. 14% of surveillance camera installers in logistics rated vandal-resistant cameras as important.
In 2022, another 14% of these installers and consultants also identified the need for 4K/HDR cameras.
50. 336 million households had smart security cameras installed in 2021.
By 2027, the number of security cameras installed in homes globally should reach one trillion units.
51. 7.2% of surveillance cameras deployed by businesses globally in 2021 had audio recording capabilities.
This number declined slightly from 7.6% of cameras with the same functionality in 2020.
Surveillance Camera Demography Statistics
52. 96% of Americans reported feeling safer if their neighbors had security cameras.
That was in line with 9 in 10 Americans who believed security cameras were a deterrent to criminal activity in 2022.
53. 39% of US adults supported monitoring their teens with a surveillance camera.
Likewise, another 63% of surveyed 2,000 Americans in 2022 did not believe monitoring their neighborhood with a camera was wrong.
54. Almost half (49%) of American adults believed watching domestic workers via a surveillance camera was fine.
34% of respondents to this 2022 survey believed it was okay for homeowners to keep domestic workers unaware of the surveillance cameras.
55. In 2022, there was a 32% surge in demand for video surveillance in the education sector.
Of 143 surveyed video surveillance professionals in the education sector, only 14% believed the demand was low. Another 30% claimed a sustained high demand from a previous period, but no significant increase.
56. North America accounted for over 40% of the wireless home security camera market in 2021.
By 2025, the Asia Pacific region will contribute 25% of the total market value.
57. 93% of US campuses had surveillance cameras installed in 2022.
47% of these campuses planned to expand their surveillance camera fleet between 2022 – 2024. The other 46% were happy with their installation and would not change it in two years.
58. 4% of US colleges without video surveillance systems will get one before 2024.
According to 2022 research data, 3% of US colleges do not currently have a video surveillance system and will not get one between 2022 – 2024.
59. 57% of US higher institutions were shopping for new or improved surveillance cameras in 2022.
47% of K-12 campus respondents were in the same shoes.
60. There was a 16% decline in <2MP resolution surveillance camera demand in Asian markets.
Conversely, Asian markets experienced a 14% surge in demand for 2MP resolution cameras in 2021. There was also a 1% increase for surveillance cameras with >2MP lenses.
61. In 2021, EMEA markets saw a 3% decline in demand for <2MP resolution surveillance cameras.
There was a shift to 2MP cameras (2% increase) and cameras with higher than 2MP resolutions (1% climb).
62. The Americas saw a 3% surge in 2MP and >2MP surveillance camera demand in 2021.
In contrast, there was a 6% decrease in demand for cameras not reaching 2MP resolution.
63. There were over 15,000 CCTV cameras in London Underground train stations in 2021.
Data from the 15,576 cameras were retained for 14 days before the managers were required to delete it.
Surveillance Camera Security Statistics
64. 59% of US schools using surveillance cameras replaced at the right time in 2022.
But 20% of respondents did not know how often to replace their cameras, while another 4% never replaced them.
65. 33% of US K-12 schools maintained their surveillance cameras at least once yearly.
That was less than the values for college authorities (38%) and healthcare facilities (45%) participating in the 2022 survey.
66. In 2022, 56% of US campuses maintained their video surveillance camera systems in-house.
44% hired a security contractor, while another 7% outsourced to a general contractor. 9% of the respondents did not know who handled their camera maintenance.
Surveillance Camera Market Statistics
67. The smart home surveillance/security camera market was valued at $6.25 billion in 2021.
It was projected to add over a billion dollars to reach a $7.5 billion valuation in 2022.
68. The IP video surveillance market reached a $32.41 billion valuation in 2022.
This surveillance camera market is expected to grow to $38.41 billion in 2023, marking a $6 billion year-on-year (YoY) increase.
69. 84% of companies offering surveillance video and camera services reported growth in 2021.
Likewise, 79% of small businesses in this market were in the decent growth category. In contrast, 59% of small businesses offering video monitoring services claimed growth in 2020.
Surveillance Camera Forecast Statistics
70. The smart home security camera market will reach $46.5 billion by 2032.
It is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.02% between ten years (2022-2032) to reach the estimated valuation.
71. Wired cameras will account for over half of smart home surveillance cameras by 2032.
This translates to 55% of a market expected to surpass $7 billion by 2032.
72. Indoor security cameras are expected to enjoy a 10% CAGR between 2022 – 2032.
China is expected to lead the smart home surveillance camera market in the same period with a 15% CAGR. India is also likely to post a 7% CAGR.
73. The CCTV camera market will reach a $16.1 billion valuation in 2029.
This surveillance camera market segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% from 2022 to hit such a valuation.
74. The IP video surveillance market is expected to hit $80.94 billion by 2030.
This niche market will grow at a CAGR of 12.12% between 2022 – 2030 to achieve this valuation.
75. Wireless home security was worth over $5 billion in 2021.
The market is expected to hit a $25 billion valuation by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 20% between 2022 – 2030.
Other Surveillance Camera Statistics
76. 23% of surveillance camera professionals in 2022 continued to sell, use, and install Chinese equipment.
This was a drop-off from 27% of similar professionals in the same shoes in 2021.
77. 13% of surveillance tech installers never installed a Chinese camera system as of 2022.
About 15% of the respondents were still determining whether they would install, use, or sell a Chinese video camera surveillance system in the future.
78. 36% of US campuses installed their video surveillance cameras by themselves in 2022.
Another set (57%) of respondents chose to engage a security contractor, while 14% went with general contractors. Likewise, 10% of the respondents did not know who handled their camera installations.
79. Organizations kept cloud storage recordings longer than on-site recordings in 2021.
1% of organizations kept on-site recordings for 365-480 days (maximum) in 2021.
In contrast, 1% of those deploying cloud storage kept their recordings for up to 7 years.
Lights, Camera, Surveillance
Surveillance cameras are being adopted at a tremendous rate. These statistics show that many plan to enter the video surveillance camera market, expand their current fleet, or upgrade existing systems.
While the issue of false negatives and positives remains, it cannot be argued that these cameras serve as a crime deterrent.
So, whether you jump on the bandwagon now or wait a while, we recommend beefing up your knowledge with facial recognition statistics to see how they tie into the video surveillance market.