Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Chatham, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Chatham.
Chatham Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Chatham was ranked 68th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 39th in 2012. It was 125th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 75th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Chatham
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Chatham area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (150 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
The first European to make landfall in the area of Chatham was Samuel de Champlain in October of 1606, where he met—and fought with—indigenous peoples. He christened the area “Port Fortune” but later abandoned the settlement; twelve years later another group called the area “Sutcliffe’s Inlets” but did not stay long. Finally, in 1664 English settlers arrived and named the town Monomoit for the name used by native peoples, but in 1712 was incorporated and renamed in honor of Chatham, England. Today the town has less than 7000 permanent residents.
What Chatham is Known for…
Given Chatham’s location at the “elbow” of Cape Cod, it became an early hub for shipping, fishing and whaling. As a result of industry investments several large, beautiful buildings were erected during the 18th century, which have helped spur the development of tourist attractions in town. Today, Chatham’s population climbs to nearly 30,000 during the summer as vacation property owners and travelers arrive to enjoy Cape Cod.
List of Town Favorites
Vers—637 Main Street
Corner Store—1403 Old Queen Anne Road
Marion’s Pie Shop—2022 Main Street
Impudent Oyster—15 Chatham Bars Avenue
Historic Places and Recreation Spots
Looking for something to do in Chatham? Start with a stroll down pedestrian-friendly Main Street, which features a number of family-owned shops and restaurants. The town is also home to the Chatham Lighthouse, which was established by President Thomas Jefferson in 1808 to aid ships sailing around the Cape. The original towers were rebuilt in 1841 and again in 1877, and today the lighthouse is used as a Coast Guard station.
Famous People from Chatham
Several famous Americans hail from Chatham. There’s actress Shirely Booth, pro skateboarder Zered Bassett and best-selling author Bernard Cornwell. Arguably, however, the town’s best-known resident is actor and singer Harry Connick Jr.