Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Reading, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Reading.
Reading Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Reading was ranked 229th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 228th in 2012. However, it was 197th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 225th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Reading
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Reading 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.
During the colonial times, many settlers from England arrived in the harbors that are located in present day Salem and Lynn. Due to overpopulation, people from Lynn wanted to expand their settlement and move inland. This new settlement was called “Lynn Village.” Upon its incorporation in 1644, it was renamed after the town Reading, in England.
What Reading is Known for…
After Reading became incorporated, the population increased and in 1651 in order to maintain the growth the area along the Ipswich River was added to the town. The original town and the added land were governed by an open town meeting which continued to meet until the 1940’s. Among the things that were voted and passed in these town meetings was the funding of education, and the creation of a central meetinghouse for all its citizens; this meetinghouse is now marked by the town common.
Throughout its history Reading has been known for its involvement in war. Reading participated in the Revolutionary war after pursuing British following the wars in Lexington and Concord; during the Civil War, over 400 Reading men saw battle, and as recently as 1940, military facilities can be found in the town.
Outside of military involvement, Reading also has a history within manufacturing goods, especially in the nineteenth century. Products such as furniture, clocks and organs all had factories in Reading, and by the middle of the century, thirteen furniture factories could be found in town. In recent years Reading has become less of a manufacturing town and primarily serves as a commuter town for nearby Boston.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Reading’s Parker Tavern was built in 1694 and is the oldest building standing in Reading to date. It famously held Scottish General Archibald Campbell, a General for the British army during the Revolutionary War. Today the major recreational site is the Burbank arena. It is the towns local skating rink and is open to the public during summer months. It also serves as the home rink of local teams and leagues in the area.
Famous People from Reading
Brad Whitford was born and raised in Reading and graduated from reading Memorial High School in 1970 before attending Berklee College of Music. Whitford is most famous for being one of two guitarists for the band Aerosmith. Aerosmith has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, making them America’s best-selling rock band.
Bill Russell is a Boston sports legend who lived in Reading during the 1960’s. Russell played for the Boston Celtic’s and over the course of his illustrious career, he was awrded twelve All-Star awards, five MVP awards and was an eleven time NBA champion. Russell holds the record for most championships won in any North American professional sports league. Among his other career accomplishments, he served as a player-coach for three years, making him the first African-American coach in the NBA.