Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Lawrence, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Lawrence.
Lawrence Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Lawrence was ranked 21st in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 47th in 2012. However, it was 48th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 43rd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Lawrence
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Lawrence 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.
Settlers first came to the area and settled in nearby Andover and Methuen, in the 1640’s. The area that now contains Lawrence remained a part of these places until 1847, when it was incorporated as a town, only to be reincorporated as a city six years later, becoming the first designed industrial city, and was named after one of the city’s founders Abbott Lawrence.
What Lawrence is Known for…
Andover and Methuen were both settled in 1642, where they would both see a large expansion in early years. After parts of Andover and Methuen were purchased by a group of industrialists, Edmund Bartlett, Thomas Hopkinson, Abbott Lawrence, John Nesmith and Daniel Saunders the city began planning for its future.
The industrialists paid $50,000 for the land along the Merrimack River and planned to use the land for manufacturing and mills. They began building the Great Stone Dam which helped control the water flow for the mills. As outsiders saw the opportunity the city provided they began flocking to the city to work in the factories and mills. This opened the doors for immigrants who came to the city, which created the nickname the “Immigrant City.” The population grew so fast that in less than 100 years, the population of the city grew to 95,000.
Today, Lawrence is still a major manufacturing city, with thirty-five of the economy centered around the manufacturing industry. Through the recent trend of renovating the city, Lawrence is once again on an upswing with focus on improving education and job creation.
Listing of Lawrence favorites
The Claddagh Pub – 399 Canal St, Lawrence, MA 01840
Inaka – 160 Winthrop Ave, Lawrence, MA 01843
Cafe Azteca – 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840
Tripoli Bakery Inc – 106 Common St, Lawrence, MA 01840
Sunnyside Dinner – 639 Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01841
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Among the many historical and recreation sites in Lawrence, the most important to its history and heritage is the Lawrence Heritage State Park. The twenty-three acre parcel of land contains buildings which display the history of the city and its citizens. A bike path connecting the various sites is available. Another popular site in town is the Essex Art Center. The Essex Art Center, is a place for artist to indulge in the creation and viewing of art. While the center is best known for the exhibits which are changed out monthly, classes are also taught in the spacious facility.
Famous People from Lawrence
Joe Perry is best known for being the lead guitarist for the band Aerosmith. Perry was born in Lawrence but grew up in Hopedale. After graduating from Vermont Academy he soon met Aerosmith’s future bassist Tom Hamilton, and formed the band Aerosmith. Over the course of the band’s career, they have won six American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and four Grammy Awards.
Robert Frost was born across the country in San Francisco, however after his father’s death in 1885, his family moved to Lawrence where he would be raised. After graduating high school he would attend both Dartmouth and Harvard University, though he never obtained a degree. Frost is best known for being an author of poetry. Some of his most famous works were “The Road Not Taken,” “Fire and Ice,” “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
The band Godsmack’s origins can be traced back to Lawrence, where the lead singer Sully Erna and bassist Robbie Merrill were both born and raised. The band was formed in 1995, and continue produce alternative rock music. Since the band’s inception they have released five albums, and have also been nominated for four Grammy Awards and won one Billboard Award.