Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Natick, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Natick.
Natick, MA Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Natick was ranked 103rd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 59th in 2012. It was 212th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 193rd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Natick, MA
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Natick 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 Natick, MA
Natick was established in 1651 by the Puritan missionary, John Eliot, who settled a group of “Praying Indians” on land granted by the General Court. The name Natick came from the language of the Massachusetts Native American tribe, meaning, “place of hills.
The Native Americans settled on both sides of the Charles River in what is now known as South Natick. Located in the community of West Natick, is Captain Tom’s Hill, which was the site of a small Indian encampment during King Philips War. The town was officially incorporated in 1781.
What Natick is Known for…
Primarily a farming town, the invention of the sewing machine in 1858 led to the growth of several shoe factories. By 1880, Natick was home to 23 operating shoe factories and was third in the nation in the number of shoes it produced. The shoes made in Natick were primarily heavy work shoes with only one or two companies adding lighter dress shoes to their lines. Natick was famous for its brogan, a heavy ankle-high boot worn by soldiers in the American Civil War.
In 1891, the Union Ladder Company won the Worlds Hook and Ladder Championship – in competition with Westborough, Leominster, and Spencer – in 58 seconds. The team had to run 220 yards, bring back a ladder wagon, and then hoist a man to a 28-foot platform. In 1892, the company won against Attleboro in 56 seconds. The reference to Natick as the “Home of Champions” resulted from those competitions.
Listing of Natick Favorites
Spalla’s Chicago Italian Beef, 229 N. Main St., Natick, MA 01760
Casey’s Diner, 36 South Ave., Natick, MA 01760
Lola’s Italian Groceria and Sub Shop, 9 Main St., Natick, MA 01760
Minado, 1282 Worcester Rd., Natick, MA 01760
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Opened in 1881, the Bacon Free Library is located at 58 Eliot Street. The building was a gift to the community under the will of Oliver Bacon who died in 1878. It has been operating as a public library ever since. The library overlooks the Charles River in South Natick. The Natick Historical Society has it offices in the lower part of the building.
The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (also known as The Natick Army Labs), is a complex of military R&D facilities, produces military-use items such as field rations, personal protective field equipment, and specialized uniforms.
Casey’s Diner, a historic 10-stool diner located at 36 South Avenue, is famous for its steamed hot dogs that “snap” when first bitten into. Hers is one of the oldest operating diners in Massachusetts, and possibly in the United States. Casey’s originated as a horse-drawn lunch wagon that was parked on Natick Common.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Natick
Horatio Alger, Jr., author of children’s books with a rags to riches theme and a minister, was born in Chelsea on January 13, 1832. He settled in Natick in 1860. He built his family home in South Natick. Alger died in Natick on July 18, 1899.
William Alan Finn, an American composer and lyricist of musicals, including Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, was born in Boston on February 28, 1952. While attending Natick High School, Finn competed with the Natick Speech Team. Falsettos received the 1992 Tony Awards for Best Music and Lyrics and for Best Book.
Doug Flutie, NFL and CFL veteran was born in Manchester, Maryland on October 23, 1962. He attended high school in Natick, before going to Boston College. He retired from the New England Patriots after the 2005–06 season. Flutie, the 50th Heisman Trophy winner; also played for many other NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills. He moved from Natick to Melbourne, Florida in 2013.