Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Salisbury, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Salisbury.
Salisbury Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Salisbury was ranked 58th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 41st in 2012. However, it was 32nd for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 66th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Salisbury
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Salisbury 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.
Origin of Salisbury
Salisbury was once territory of the Pentucket tribe of the Pennacook people bordered by the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean. Originally named Colchester, it was incorporated as Salisbury in 1640. The town was named after after Salisbury in Wiltshire, England.
The original roads at the center of the town formed a compact semicircle, allowing residents to quickly reach the garrison house incase they were attacked by members of the Pentucket tribe. Those roads still exist — though the shape today is triangular — and are bounded by Elm Street, School Street, and Bridge Road.
What Salisbury is Known for…
By the late 1800s, Salisbury had become a thriving summer resort, lined with hotels, restaurants, shops, cottages, arcades, and amusement parks. A carousel called The Flying Horses was installed in 1914. The carousel was hand carved by hand carved by Charles I. D. Looff, who create the first carousel at Coney Island in New York. The beach’s first roller coaster, The Sky Rocket, was built by John Miller, one of the most prolific roller coaster designers of all time.
A Dodgem ride – the forerunner to bumper cars – originally built by Max and Harold Stoeher of Methuen operated at Salisbury Beach in one form or another from 1920 to 1980. Major entertainers like Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Liberace, and Sammy Davis Jr. performed at the Ocean Echo Ballroom, which later became The Frolics. The resort remained vibrant through the 1960s, but gradually faded. WildCat, the last roller coaster, was destroyed in 1976. The last small amusement park at the beach, Pirate’s Fun Park, closed in 2004. It was replaced with condominiums.
The All American Tavern, 34 Bridge Rd., Route 1, Salisbury, MA 01952
Tripoli Pizza Bakery, 40 Broadway, Salisbury, MA 01952
Hungry Traveler, 98 Beach Rd., Salisbury, MA 01952-2210
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Salisbury Beach State Reservation on Rte. 1A is one of the most popular ocean beaches in Massachusetts. It stretches for 3.8 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. The 521-acre park offers swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and it’s very popular with trailer campers. The park also has a 484-site campground with renovated bathhouses, a large parking lot that can be used during the day, as well as a new playground and pavilion area.
Pat’s Diner, formerly known as Ann’s Diner. is a historic diner on Bridge Rd. The diner was custom built for James and Ann Evans in 1950 as #824 by the Worcester Lunch Car Company. It was designed to accommodate a separate dining room. It opened in April 1950 and the Evanses owned the business until 1960, after which it went through a succession of owners.
From 1976 to 1987, the diner was owned by Norman Brockleman and known as Norm’s Place. The diner was closed for two years between 1997 and 1999. In 1999, it was acquired by Pat Archambault, who restored it and reopened it as Pat’s Diner. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 10, 2003.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Salisbury
Bob Corkum, born in Salisbury on December 18, 1967, played in 720 games over 12 seasons for seven National Hockey League organizations.
Hannah Webster Foster (September 10, 1758 – April 17, 1840), was born in Salisbury, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. A newspaper reporter and author, Foster died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Susannah Martin (baptized September 30, 1621 – July 19, 1692) was born Susannah North in Salem. She moved to Salisbury with her family around 1639. She married George Martin of Salisbury in 1646 and was hanged as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials.