Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Berkley, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Berkley.
Berkley Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Berkley was ranked 234th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 167th in 2012. It was 128th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 68th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Berkley
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Berkley area for decades. We know the landscape and we have good relationships with local police and fire officials. Our team of employees (200 strong and growing) live in the communities we serve, this means our customers are our neighbors.
Berkley was first settled by European settlers in 1637, as part of the town Taunton, and in 1639 Taunton was incorporated. The original purchase of the land was made from the Nemasket Indians who successfully used the land prior to settlers arrival. In 1735, Berkley seceded from Taunton under the name Berkley, a testament to George Berkeley who was a philosopher from England.
What Berkley is Known For…
Prior to settlers arrival, natives referred to the land in present day Berkley as Cohannet. After the land was purchased from the natives, the remaining natives that lived on the land were relocated to the town Ponkapoag, which was a Praying Indian town in present day Canton. This strained relationship with natives also led to battles during King Philip’s War to be fought in Taunton.
Taunton originally also contained the towns Dighton and Berkley, but the travel distance to attend church and school became a burden for many; and in 1735, Berkley seceded. Since this time Berkley has been known as primarily a small agricultural town. Of all towns in Bristol County, Berkley is the least populated.
Listing of Berkley Favorites
Pizza Market – 539 Berkley St, Berkley, MA 02779
Country Side Package & Pizza – 130 Myricks St, Berkley, MA 02779
Crust Pizza & Deli LLC – 539 Berkley St, Berkley, MA 02779
Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill – 1023 County Road, Taunton, MA 02780 (near Berkley)
Short List of Historical Places or Recreation Spots
Among the historic sites in town, Dighton Rock is the most prominent, and has created national news. Dighton Rock is located in Dighton State Park and is known for its markings. The eighty-five acre park protects the rock which has unkown petro-glyphs carved into it. It’s originas are unknown, but highly debated. It has been argued that they were created by natives, Vikings, ancient Portugese, ancient Phoenicians or the ancient Chinese.
Famous People form Berkley
Tony Gaffney is an NBA forward currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Born in Boston, Gaffney moved to Berkley, where he was raised. After relocating to Somerville in high school, he would graduate and go on to attend UMass Amherst where he would excel in basketball. Known for his defensive skills, he became the first player since Shelden Williams of Duke, to have both 100 blocks and fifty steals in a season which would earn him Atlantic-10 Second Team honors.