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Delaware Population Growth Creates Increased Security Needs

March 24, 2017

Facility protected, under 24 hour video surveillance text sign, isolatedFrom 2010 through 2015, Delaware led the region in population growth. In 2015, there were 945,934 people living in Delaware after a steady increase of 1 percent per year for the preceding half decade. If the rate of expansion continues, estimates put the state population at over 1,000,000 by the time of the next federal census, in 2020.


People are moving to Delaware. Much of the growth in population has been attributed to migration from other states. People are typically drawn to Delaware for its relatively low cost of living compared to other Northeast states. The beaches and other natural amenities have drawn a large contingency of retirees who are building new homes and attracting businesses. Sussex County, Kent County, and New Castle County, in particular, have experienced a surge in new home construction, especially in what was once farm land, where there is less of an existing transportation and services infrastructure.


Between home building and public project construction, development is surging in Delaware. Progress can come at a price, however — construction sites, especially in developing areas, are often the targets of thefts.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, locales that experience the highest volumes of construction and agriculture also experience the highest volume of heavy equipment theft. Much like organized auto theft rings, heavy equipment theft rings have developed and targeted high-construction areas.

Construction sites also attract theft of smaller equipment, for a number of reasons:

  • Sites are often unoccupied overnight and on weekends
  • Equipment is often valuable but not easily identifiable or trackable
  • Construction equipment comes standardized, making it easy to resell and fit to other devices

Home builders and other construction site owners and managers can protect the property by implementing construction site surveillance. Installing mobile security cameras offer flexibility throughout the life a large-scale construction project with features such as solar power, battery back-up, and wireless transmission of recorded data.


A growing residential population similarly warrants additional security measures.

Residential security cameras are an increasingly popular feature in housing developments, applauded by police departments across the country for their deterrent value as well as the help they provide in solving crimes. Nationwide, police departments are developing voluntary registries to allow homeowners and businesses to share private surveillance footage with law enforcement when a crime has been committed.

Business owners also benefit tremendously from surveillance to help secure company assets and employees.


As Delaware enjoys its growth spurt, Maryland Security Professionals looks forward to helping residents and business owners protect themselves with customized security plans. We are a leading provider of security services in Delaware and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Both new and long-time Delaware residents are encouraged to contact Maryland Security Professionals today to speak with a knowledgeable representative.


  1. Delaware Online, Delaware grows slowly, but leads Northeast states,
  2. Delaware Online, Delaware population to approach 1 million in 2020,
  3. National Insurance Crime Bureau, Heavy Equipment Fact Sheet,
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