Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for New Bedford, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to New Bedford.
New Bedford Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, New Bedford was ranked 7th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 15th in 2012. It was 13th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 17th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in New Bedford
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the New Bedford 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.
New Bedford History
New Bedford was originally settled in 1652, and was originally a part of an area called Old Bedford. In 1787, it seceded from Old Dartmouth, and was named New Bedford. The name came from a tribute to the Duke of Bedford in England, and “New” was added to the front as the town Bedford had been incorporated earlier that year.
What New Bedford is Known for…
Prior to European settlement, New Bedford was thickly settled by Wampanoag native tribes. The Acushnet River and nearby Atlantic Ocean provided great a wealth of resources, which allowed for natives to thrive along its shores. As settlers arrived and began colonizing the area, Massasoit, Chief of the Wampanoag tribe sold a parcel of land to settlers, which would later become Old Dartmouth.
Old Dartmouth contained the present day towns Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford and Westport. The original settlement was a mainly agrarian community, but as the nineteenth century approached, the settlement would see rapid growth; in 1800, the population was around 4,000 people and in 100 years, by 1900, that number increased to over 60,000. This is due in large to the growth as one of the biggest and most important fishing and whaling ports in the world. The whaling industry remained important in the town until 1925, when the last ship was sent out. As the whaling industry began to slow down, the manufacturing and mill industry grew in prominence. At the peak of mills in town, there were over thirty mills in town, and over 30,000 people were employed in these mills.
Today, with over 95,000 living in the city, New Bedford’s main economy is still made up of mostly commercial fishing, and manufacturing. In 2011, it was ranked as the highest valued port in America, with $370 million of seafood originating in town. New Bedford is also becoming a tourist destination, with plenty of American history stemming from the town.
Listing of New Bedford Favorites
Freestone’s City Grill – 41 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740
No Problemo – 813 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA 02740
Antonio’s Restaurant – 267 Coggeshall St, New Bedford, MA 02746
Cork Wine & Tapas Bar – 90 Front St, New Bedford, MA 02740
Spicy Lime – 522 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA 02740
Short List of Historic Places and Recreation Spots
Most of the recreation in New Bedford surrounds the beaches and fishing in the city. The two main beaches in town are East Beach and West Beach. Situated on opposite shores of New Bedford, the beaches are known for their calm waters and attract many locals in summer months. Other sites that celebrate the history in town are the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and New Bedford Art Museum.
Famous People from New Bedford
Harry Stovey is best known for his baseball career as a formidable hitter and base runner. Throughout his fourteen year career, Stovey would lead his league in both steals and home runs in multiple seasons. Stovey was also known for being among the first to slide in baseball. Upon his retirement, Stovey became a police officer for New Bedford.
Frederick Douglass is best known for his work as a politician and as a social reformer. After being born into slavery in Maryland, he escaped to New Bedford where he would settle into a life outside of slavery. After meeting William Lloyd Garrisson, Douglass became driven to speak up for his beliefs and he pledged equal rights for all humans. He was famously quoted saying “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
Brian Helgeland was born in nearby Providence, Rhode Island and raised in New Bedford. After graduating from New Bedford High School in 1980, he would attend UMass Dartmouth and later Loyola Marymount University. Since graduating, he has become a director, producer and a screenwriter. His most notable works have been L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Man on Fire, Salt and 42.