Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Fall River, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Fall River.
Fall River Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Fall River was ranked 34th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 23rd in 2012. However, it was 21st for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 22th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Fall River
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Fall River 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.
Fall River History
Fall River was first settled by European settlers in 1670 after they had previously settled in nearby towns in present day Plymouth County. The land that now consists of Fall River was originally part of Freetown, until it seceded in 1803 and was incorporated as its own town. The name comes from the Quequechan River which runs through the city. The name Quequechan comes from the original natives the Wampanoag Tribe and the name means “Falling River,” a reference to the fast flowing nature of the river.
What Fall River is Known for…
Prior to European settlers arriving to the area, the Wampanoag natives thrived in the area along the Quequechan River which provided channels for trade, and a surplus of food and nutrients. This river is the centerpiece to the growth of Fall River and allowed it to become a city.
After settlers came to the area, they soon began building mills and infrastructure along the river. War hero Benjamin Church began the trend by building fulling, grist and saw mills on his property in town. During the Revolutionary War, while Fall River was still a part of Freetown, the area was attacked by British soldiers in the Battle of Freetown. During the raids, over 100 British soldiers attacked Fall River burning some of the houses, mills and even taking residents hostage. Over the next few days, captives were released and British forces retreated.
After incorporating in 1803, Fall River became a lively town and by 1843, it had nearly 8,000 residents. The eight falls of the river led to swift water which powered the many mills that soon followed. The original mills and industry was centered around textiles, however as time went on, the industries expanding and included whaling and iron manufacturing. By the mid nineteenth century alone, the cotton industry in town was made up of thirteen mills and employed over 1,000 employees. To supplement the booming manufacturing industry, the railroad soon came through town and allowed for further trade outside of nearby towns, opening up routes to Boston and New York City, allowing it to become the leading textile manufacturing city in the country until the 1920’s. Since this time, Fall River has become a booming city, with a population around 90,000. Maintaining ties to its industrious past, Fall River still remains as one of the leaders in the textile industry.
Listing of Fall River Favorites
LePage’s Seafood & Grille – 439 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723
Sagres Restaurant – 177 Columbia St, Fall River, MA 02721
T A Restaurant – 408 S Main St, Fall River, MA 02721
Trio Cafe & Lounge – 201 S Main St, Fall River, MA 02721
Fall River Grill – 363 2nd St, Fall River, MA 02721
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Among the historic sites in town, the most popular sites are Battleship Cove and Fall River Heritage State Park. They are located across the street from one another and celebrate the maritime history of not only Fall River, but also of the Narragansett Bay. Located in Battleship Cove is the USS Massachusetts along with . This maritime museum is the world’s largest and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The nearby Fall River Heritage state Park is frequented by locals as it hosts many events such as concerts, festivals and outdoor movies. The nearly mile long boardwalk is a focal point for the town and overlooks the shoreline.
Famous People from Fall River
George Stephanopoulos was born in Fall River where he spent his early years of his childhood. After this, Stephanopoulos would move to New York with his family, where he would later graduate from Colombia University and Balliol College. Stephanopoulos currently works as the co-anchor of Good Morning America and for ABC World News.
Tom Lawlor was born and raised in Fall River and nearby Swansea. During High School he would star on the wrestling team before receiving a scholarship from the University of Central Florida. Since this time he has become a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter for the UFC.
Emeril Lagasse is a chef born and raised in Fall River. He attended High School in Fall River at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School before pursuing his dreams in culinary art at nearby Johnson & Wales University. Today Emeril owns thirteen restaurants and is the host of four television shows.