Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Orleans, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Orleans.
Orleans Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Orleans was ranked 42nd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 25th in 2012. It was 85th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 52nd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Orleans
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Orleans 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 town of Orleans was originally settled in 1693 when Pilgrims of Eastham’s southern parish became frustrated with land they had been granted—not only were the tracts small, but the soil was not ideal for growing crops. In 1797, the town was incorporated and named after Louis Phillipe II, Duke of Orleans to commemorate France’s support for the 13 colonies during their uprising against the British. Residents of Orleans also wanted to avoid an English name as the town had been captured twice during the Revolution. Today, Orleans is largely residential with a population of just over 5000.
What Orleans is Known for…
Given its location on Cape Cod, Orleans was an obvious target during for British ships during the American Revolution; in 1814, however, a group of Orleans residents repelled an attack and attempted invasion by the HMS Newcastle. Industry in early Orleans focused on fishing and whaling, along with the development of salt works to preserve fresh fish catches. This severely reduced the town’s lumber supply, but with the construction of a rail line in the mid 19th century timber became less of an issue as tourism boomed.
List of Town Favorites
Captain Linnell House—137 Skaket Breach Road
Ice Cream Cafe—5 South Orleans Road
Cottage Street Bakery—5 Cottage Street
Big Dog’s BBQ—191 Route 6A
Historic Places and Recreation Spots
If you’re in Orleans, it’s worth checking out one of the many salt and fresh water beaches nearby. For fresh water, try Pilgrim Lake off Herringbrook Road or Crystal Lake. For salt water, there’s Nauset Beach or Skaket Beach. If you’re looking for entertainment, check out the summer concert series every Monday during the summer at Nauset Beach.
Famous People from Orleans
Orleans’ most famous resident is Victor A. Vyssotsky, a computer scientist and mathematician whose work directly inspired the creation of popular open-source computer operating system UNIX.