Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Wellfleet, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Wellfleet.
Wellfleet Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Wellfleet was ranked 133rd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 90th in 2012. It was 66th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 44th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Wellfleet
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Wellfleet 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 area around modern-day Wellfleet was first explored by Europeans in 1606 when Samuel de Champlain named the area “Port Aux Huitres”, or “Oyster Port”, for its bountiful supply of shellfish. By 1650, a small town had sprung up named Billingsgate after the famous fish market in London. Billingsgate remained part of Eastham until 1763, when it was incorporated and its name changed to Wellfleet. Some argue the name is a conflagration of the term “whale fleet” while others say the town was called Wellfleet after a brand of oyster popular in Britain at the time.
What Wellfleet is Known for…
Wellfleet is commonly associated with oysters, with oyster beds—along with whaling and other oceanic industries—driving much of its early economy. During the American Revolution, the town’s port held 30 ships but with the decline of whaling vessels and falling mackerel numbers, the port was all but abandoned by 1900. The town’s other claim to fame is as the site of Guglielmo Marconi’s first trans-Atlantic radio signal on January 18, 1903.
List of Town Favorites
Ceraldi—15 Kendrick Avenue
Moby Dick’s—3225 State Highway Route 6
PB Boulangerie Bistro—15 Lecourt Hollow Road
Van Rensselaer’s Restaurant—1019 Route 6
Historic Places and Recreation Spots
If you’re in Wellfleet during October it’s worth checking out OysterFest, now in its 15th year. The two-day event includes arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, walking tours, a road race, and annual Oyster Shuck-Off Competition. The town is also home to the second-largest number of art galleries on Cape Cod; combined with the picturesque scenery, Wellfleet is an art-lovers paradise.
Famous People from Wellfleet
Several notable Americans have called Wellfleet home. There’s infamous pirate Samuel Bellamy, actor Stephen Russell, and political critic Noam Chomsky to name a few.