Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Dunstable, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Dunstable.
Dunstable Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Dunstable was ranked 237th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” and was 215th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” in 2013.
American Alarm’s History in Dunstable
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Dunstable 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 Dunstable
Dunstable was first settled in 1656. The town was named for Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England, which was home to Edward Tyng and his wife. The Tyngs were one of the first settlers of Dunstable, Massachusetts, which was purchased from the Wamisit and Naticook Native American tribes for £20 sterling in 1661.
The town, which was officially incorporated on October 15, 1673, once encompassed 200 square miles (128,000 acres). However, in the 1700s, the town broke apart, section by section, forming 15 separate towns. In 1790 Dunstable only comprised 10,500 acres and had a population of 380.
What Dunstable is Known for…
Even in the face of urban sprawl, Dunstable has remained very rural, with mill ponds, fields and barns visible behind the buildings that line Pleasant Street. There is an open quality to the town, with the countryside extending right into the town center.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Now a private residence, the Kendall House and Tavern on Main Street ha quite a unique history. During the Revolutionary War, ammunition was stored in the loft of Patriot Asa Kendall’s house. The Dunstable soldiers would assemble at Kendall’s house where they were outfitted with a gun, bayonet, hatchet, cartridge box with buckshot, jackknife, powder, balls, flints, a knapsack, blanket and canteen. The first town meeting was held at the Kendall Tavern.
The Little Red Schoolhouse is a historical building located on route 113 near the Tyngsborough border. Local students take field trips there to historically re-enact a school day from colonial times. The schoolhouse, which is owned by the Tyngsborough-Dunstable Historical Society, which sponsors the annual Strawberry Festival every June. Boy Scout Troop 28 of Dunstable holds a Mother’s Day pancake breakfast there every year.
Built around 1726, the Blodgett House on Pond Street is on of the earliest house is Dunstable. The 2 ½-story Colonial with attached ell is much different than the original home. In its early days, the home, which sits on 95 acres of mostly woodland, is said to have been used as one of four garrison houses during battles with Native Americans.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in)
Dunstable Amos Kendall was born in Dunstable on August 16, 1789. Kendall was an American lawyer, journalist and politician. A supporter of Andrew Jackson, Kendall served as United States Postmaster General during the Jackson administration. For a short time, he also held the same position under Martin Van Buren. Kendall died in Washington, D.C. on November 12 1869.
Isaac Fletcher was born in Dunstable on November 22, 1784. Fletcher studied the classics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he graduated with honors in 1808. He began practicing law in Lyndon, Vermont in 1812. From 1819 until 1824, Fletcher was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. Fletcher died in Lyndon, Vermont on October 19, 1842.