Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Andover , MA. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Andover.
Andover, MA Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Andover was ranked 200th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 214th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Andover, MA
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Andover 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.
Andover, MA History
In 1634 a plot of land was given by the state of Massachusetts to be used as a plantation; this land included areas which would become Andover, North Andover and South Lawrence. Permanent settlers arrived in 1641 to the plantation from neighboring towns. After arrival a larger plot of land was bought in addition to the original piece from the Pennacook tribe, for the price of a “coat and six pounds of currency.” The town became incorporated as Andover in 1646, named after the town of the same name in England.
What Andover is Known for…
Andover has a rich history which includes ties to Native American wars, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and to the Salem Witch Trials. After settlers to the area increased, they saw a need for expansion, so settlers then purchased land from the natives. The two sides lived in relative harmony until the King Philips’s War. Eventually white settlers took control of the area and native numbers significantly dropped. The peace was short-lived after the war, as the Salem Witch Trials began. Joseph Ballard and his wife were Arlington residents who deeply believed that there were witches in Andover. Eventually they recruited the help of younger women to help identify who they deemed witches. Over forty Andover residents were convicted of witchcraft and three were executed. It wasn’t until twenty years later the convictions were overturned.
During the Revolutionary War, Andover established a militia of 350 men who were set to march to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, however they arrived late and didn’t see battle until the Battle of Bunker Hill. Following the war, and until the Civil War, Andover had established itself as a small agricultural town. After siding with the Union in the Civil War, many Andover residents participated in the underground railroad. Upwards of 600 Andover residents participants saw battle in the war.
Since then Andover has become a more industrialized town. What was previously an abundance of farms in the area, has become a more industrialized area with large companies like Raytheon, HP, Gillette and ITT. Andover has also become a town with some of the most prestigious academics in Massachusetts with schools like Phillips’ Academy and Massachusetts School of Law. Also they have an excellent public school system.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
For a town that has become more urbanized, Andover still has strong ties to history and nature. The Chandler-Bigsby-Abbot House was built in 1673 and is still standing today, making it one of the oldest houses in Massachusetts and by far the oldest in Andover. Also Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin resided in Andover for a period of time, and her house, still standing, is now part of Phillip’s Academy. Andover is the second oldest land preservation society in the country, and has over 1,100 acres of protected land.
Famous People from Andover, MA
Bill Buckner, is a former Red Sox player who is most famous for an error in the 1986 World Series, which resulted in the Red Sox loss. Buckner is also known for being a great contact hitter and is ranked 61st for all time hits in Major League Baseball. During his time playing for the Red Sox, Buckner and his family lived in Andover.
Jay Leno, famous for his late night shows “The Tonight Show” which he started hosting in 1992 is still aired five days a week today. Jay was raised in Andover, and got his start doing stand-up comedy as a regular on the Tonight Show, after graduating Emerson College with a degree in speech therapy.
Jim Rice is a retired Major League Baseball player who spent his entire sixteen year career with the Boston Red sox playing Designated Hitter and Left Field. Over the course of his career, he was selected to eight All-Star games. He won two Silver Slugger awards, and an MVP award in 1978 and selected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 2009. Jim Rice is a current resident of Andover where he lived during his career as well.