Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Gloucester, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Gloucester.
Gloucester Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Gloucester was ranked 140th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 137th in 2012. It was 251st for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 243rd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Gloucester
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Gloucester 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.
Gloucester was first settled in 1623 by Europeans who arrived in Cape Ann in 1623. After establishing a new settlement in the Annisquam neighborhood of Gloucester, the town became incorporated in 1642. The name Gloucester was chosen due to the high population of residents that came from Gloucester in England. Gloucester was later reincorporated as a city in 1873.
What Gloucester is Known for…
Unbeknownst to many, Gloucester was settled prior to Salem, however due to nutrient deficient soil, the settlers left the area and found refuge in Salem where they set up Plymouth Colony. Over the next decade, settlers would gradually resettle the area and established Gloucester as a town.
The town was originally set up inland and away from the shore where much of the infrastructure in town was located. Gloucester saw continual growth over the course of the next 100 years, and in 1698 the first schoolhouse was built. The original town’s economy was predominantly based around logging due to the poor soil in town. The gradual and persistent growth in the town continued until the fishing industry boomed the town and its economy.
Today, Gloucester is best known for its fishing industry and beaches strewn throughout the city. It is one of the premier summer destinations in Massachusetts. With a population of around 30,000, Gloucester is the eighth most heavily populated city in Essex County.
Short List of Historic Places and Recreation Spots
Due to the geography of the town, the most popular recreation sites in the city revolve around the outdoors, especially the beaches. The two most popular beaches in Gloucester are Good Harbor Beach and Wingaersheek Beach. Located on opposite sides of Gloucester, these beaches provide residents from all over the state a summer destination. Other popular sites in the town include an abundance of restaurants, shops and the numerous museums which celebrate the maritime history of the city.
Famous People from Gloucester
Alfred “Centennial” Johnson was born in1846 in Denmark although during his teen years he left the country, arriving in Gloucester where he would work as a fisherman. In 1876, while playing cards with his friends, he joked he could sail across the Atlantic Ocean on his own. Shortly thereafter, sailing on a twenty foot ship, he successfully crossed the Atlantic, making the journey in less than three months. This was the first record of such a feat in history.
Roger Babson is best known for his involvement in higher education and economics. Babson was born and raised in Gloucester where he was the tenth generation of Babson’s born in Gloucester. After high school Babson would attend MIT, and eventually he would go on to open his own investment management company named Babson’s Statistical Organization, which continues business today under the name Babson-United, Inc. He was also the founder of Babson College, Webber International University, and the now defunct Utopia College.
Helen Hayes was an actress who was born in Washington D.C. to a mother who had dreams of working in the entertainment business. Growing up, Hayes would spend her summers in Annisquam. Her career in acting began on stage, for which she won three Tony Awards, two of which were for most outstanding actress. After realizing her talents as an actress, she soon took to film and is best known for her roles in The Sin of Mandelon Claudet and Airport, both of which she won Academy Awards for.
American Alarm Knows Gloucester, MA
Home security lives at the intersection of technology, service and community. American Alarm provides comprehensive home security systems for people in Gloucester because our technology and customer service are unsurpassed, but also because we know their community.
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Gloucester area for decades. We know the landscape. 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.
American Alarm’s featured home security system in Gloucester, MA
A house near the beach can be a dream for many people. It also carries some added security risks that should be mitigated. Such was the case for a family who bought and renovated an old cottage in Gloucester, Massachusetts. To protect their new beach house, the family called on American Alarm to review the property and install a home security system.
Family’s Summer Home Is Secure During The Off season
The home in Gloucester was near the ocean at the end of a long and winding private road, well out of sight from casual travelers and most neighbors. Furthermore, the family would live year-round in their primary home closer to Boston, so the beach house would be vacant for long stretches of time. American Alarm designed and installed a home security system to monitor for intrusion, fire and for low temperatures to protect against plumbing freeze-ups.