Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Rockport, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Rockport.
Rockport Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Rockport was ranked 280th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 271st in 2012. It was 275th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 269th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Rockport
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Rockport 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.
Europeans first set up a permanent settlement in Gloucester in 1623, which included the land of what is now Rockport. Rockport seceded from Gloucester in 1840 and became incorporated that same year and was named Rockport. The name stems from the rocky shores of the area which was combined with port because it was a fishing port.
What Rockport is Known for…
Rockport is unique in that the town is settled on a peninsula, which was an ideal location for the original native tribes who lived in the area. Prior to European arrival the area was thickly settled by native Agawam tribes. The first Europeans to come on the shores were Samuel de Champlain and his company of men, who named the area “Cap Aux Isles,” meaning Cape to isles.
The original settlements in Gloucester left nearby Rockport fairly empty. For the first century of the settlement, Rockport was predominantly used for lumber. After a port was built in the mid eighteenth century, the industry in town took off, bringing in new settlers. With the emergence of the fishing industry in town, the discovery of fine granite in town led to development of granite quarries. While Gloucester continued to develop exponentially into an urbanized area, Rockport remained much more tame, leading to the split in the towns and the incorporation of Rockport.
When the Industrial Revolution struck Massachusetts, Rockport also felt the effects and it became a bustling trade center for fishing and granite; the two industries in town that had previously existed burst into an international trading business.
Today, with a population of around 7,000, Rockport has become a historic and tourist town with numbers that greatly increase during summer months. The beaches, maritime history and local attractions make this a popular town.
Listing of Rockport Favorites
Top Dog – 2 Doyle Cove Rd, Rockport, MA 01966
Lobster Pole – 329 Granite St, Rockport, MA 01966
Roy Moore Lobster Co. – 39 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966
Fish Shack Restaurant – 21 Dock Square, Rockport, MA 01966
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The most popular destinations in the town are Bearskin Neck and the local beaches. Bearskin Neck, is the major stretch of culture and downtown in Rockport. Located near the tip of the peninsula in town, it was once home to many fishermen and lobstermen. It has since become the center for tourism with many art galleries, shopping and restaurants. Also located on Bearskin Neck is Motif Number 1. Originally built in the 1840’s, it has since become a local art and history attraction. It is considered the “Most often painted building in America.” It is recognized by the worn red paint and buoys that cover the side of the building. The beaches in town are also very popular with six beaches in town. Back Beach and Front Beach are the most populated, but the other beaches in town are Cape Hedge Beach, Long Beach, Old Garden Beach and Pebble Beach.
Famous People from Rockport
David Robinson was born and raised in Woburn, but has since moved to Rockport where he currently resides. Robinson is best known as a musician and drummer for bands such as The Cars and The Modern Lovers. The Cars were a very commercially successful band and have released seven albums to date, and the popular singles “Just What I Needed,” “Shake It Up,” and “Drive.”
Andrew Stanton was born and raised in Rockport before moving to California to attend California Institute of the Arts. Stanton joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1990, and has since become a director, producer, screenwriter and a voice actor. Some of his more famous work has been directing and writing A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo and the sequel Finding Dory, and WALL-E; he has also played a big role in the production of the Toy Story and Monsters Inc. movies as the screenwriter.
Bobby Hebb was born in Nashville, Tennessee in the 1930’s. He would move to Rockport after his music and tour life would slow down after a successful career. He is best known for writing the song “Sunny,” which is among the most covered songs ever written, and was also ranked in the top 100 songs of the century by Broadcast Music Inc. Sunny has been covered by artists such as Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Franks Sinatra, James Brown and Stevie Wonder, among others. He continued to perform locally until his death in 2010.
American Alarm Knows Rockport, MA
Home security lives at the intersection of technology, service and community. American Alarm provides comprehensive home security systems for people in Rockport 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 Rockport 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 Rockport, MA
Rockport is a small town on the North Shore of Massachusetts where most residents are proud to claim they do not lock their doors. Many homeowners will say they don’t have a key or even know where it is. However, American Alarm does provide a number of monitored burglar alarm system clients in this seaside town.
A few years ago a woman who resides alone in her Rockport home was looking out her window when she noticed a man pull up the driveway and step out of his car. The heavy-set man was man dressed poorly and there was something about him the homeowner did not trust. Shortly after arriving, the man noticed the homeowner spotted him in the driveway, he quickly fled with his car. Although on the edge of panic, the homeowner had the presence of mind to call the Rockport police. The police responded and issued an alert. After some investigation the police determined the man had broken in to several houses in the area including one of the homeowner’s neighbors. Police several towns away finally caught the man and arrested him after a violent struggle.
Shortly after the incident the women contacted American Alarm and made an appointment for a home security system evaluation. Our expert staff surveyed the home, designed and installed a home security system that made the homeowner feel safe again. One additional safety feature included in the home security system is a panic button that triggers the alarm system even if the burglar alarm is not turned on.