Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Framingham, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Framingham.
Framingham Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Framingham was ranked 120th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 102nd in 2012. However, it was 134th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 135th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Framingham
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Framingham 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.
In 1633 the first colonists, led by John Oldham, explored the area that is now Framingham. Less than twenty years later it became settled, and in 1700 it became incorporated. The name Framingham came from the hometown of an official of the Massachusetts Bay Colony named Thomas Danforth.
What Framingham is Known for…
After John Oldham first step foot in the town it took fourteen years for the first settlers to come to Framingham. John Stone who prior moving to Framingham lived in Sudbury, uprooted his family and became the first settlers of Framingham. In 1660, Thomas Danforth was awarded over 15,000 acres for compensation as a politician, and named the land after his home in England. Danforth was notorious for playing a role in the Salem Witch Trials and for his opposition to the incorporation of Framingham as a town until his death in 1699. After the settlement had been petitioning to be incorporated since 1693, it was finally granted after Danforth’s death.
The 1700’s remained relatively quiet until the Revolutionary War. In 1775, General Thomas Gage ordered three of his men to survey the trail to Worcester stopping in Framingham along the way. While here they observed the Framingham militia, and would stay at the local Westminster Tavern. Upon their return General Gage chose to send his troops to Lexington and Concord as opposed to Framingham and Worcester. Framingham assembled two militias which totaled 130 men.
Framingham saw continued growth through the nineteenth century with rise in industry ranging from textile to cotton mills. As the racial tensions before the Civil War rose, Framingham served as a hub for the abolitionist movement. Meetings were held for the ten years prior to the war on the Fourth of July, where people such as William Cooper Nell, Wendell Phillips and Henry David Thoreau would attend.
After the war, Framingham has since entered a stage of growth of population and industry. In 1900, the population was around 11,000 whereas now the population tops 68,000 people and even served as the most heavily populated town in Massachusetts. Framingham became more industrialized after this spike in population and things like a General Motors assembly factory came to Framingham and one of the nation’s first shopping centers was opened when Shoppers World came. In 2012, CNN Money Magazine placed Framingham in the top forty places to live in the nation.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Framingham is home to numerous parks and recreational sites. Some have been preserved in their natural state, while others have been modernized to support athletic facilities. Of the more natural parks are the “Garden in the Woods,” and Callahan State Park. “Garden in the Woods” is a botanic garden which includes over 1,700 kinds of plants. Callahan State Park is over 800 acres in size and is used for biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding and snowshoeing. Apart from the natural parks in Framingham, it also has a skating arena three beaches and two golf courses, including Framingham Country Club which has been around for over 100 years.
Famous People from Framingham
Jo Dee Messina is a country music artist born in Framingham. Since her first album, also named Jo Dee Messina, she has gone on to have a very successful career. Some of the awards and recognition she has garnered are nine number one singles on Billboard Country. She has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, and has two platinum and three gold certified albums.
Crispus Attucks is best known for being the first to be killed in the Boston Massacre. Attucks a former slave was born in Framingham, before escaping and becoming a seaman often working on whalers. Attucks is buried in Granary Burying Ground with the other victims of the Boston Massacre.
Roger Clemens is a retired Major League Baseball player who although controversial, went on to have an illustrious career. Clemens pitched for twenty four seasons at the professional level and got his start play for the Red Sox where he would spend thirteen seasons with the franchise during which time he lived in Framingham. Some of the awards Clemens won throughout his career are eleven All-Star awards, seven Cy Young awards which is given to the best pitcher of the year, two World Series championships and one MVP award.