Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Methuen, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Methuen.
Methuen Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Methuen was ranked 50th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 99th in 2012. It was 103rd for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 166th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Methuen
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Methuen 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 Methuen
When it was first settled in 1642, Methuen was part of Haverhill. Then in 1723 (dates vary), Methuen settlers — including Stephen Barker — petitioned Haverhill for land to form their own township but were refused. In 1725, Barker and the settlers petitioned the General Court to divide the Town of Haverhill and create a new town.
The petition was granted — despite opposition from Haverhill — and the Town of Methuen was incorporated on December 8, 1725. Governor William Dummer signed the act that established the Town of Methuen and named it in honor of his friend, Sir Paul Methuen, an English official. Although Methuen is known as a town, it applied for and was granted a city form of government.
What Methuen is Known for…
Methuen was home to three wealthy and influential families; the Nevins, the Tenneys, and the Searles. Each of these families played an important role in Methuen’s history and development. The collective vision of the three families can be seen in the mills, housing, schools, mansions, churches, monuments, playgrounds, the library, and the architectural masterpieces that resulted from their artistic rivalry.
Listing of Methuen Favorites
Dolce Freddo Gelato, 300 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844
The Irish Cottage Restaurant and Pub, 1111 Riverside Dr., Methuen, MA 01844
Thwaites Market, 36 Railroad St., Methuen, MA 01844
Prelude Restaurant, 5 Ayers Village Rd., Methuen, MA 01844
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Originally called the Serlo Organ Hall, the Methuen Memorial Music Hall was built by Edward Francis Searles to house “The Great Organ,” a very large pipe organ that had been built for the Boston Music Hall. The hall was completed in 1909, and stands at 192 Broadway. Currently, the Music Hall hosts numerous concerts and recitals and is also rented for weddings and other private functions.
Founded in 1868 by David Nevins, Sr., the Nevins Memorial Library, was completed in 1883, two years after his death. The magnificant brick and stained glass library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The Methuen Rail Trail is a 2.4 mile trail that traverses the city on the abandoned Manchester & Lawrence Railroad corridor. The trial is perfect for walking, and hiking.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Methuen
Steve Bedrosian, born in Methuen on December 6, 1957, Major League Baseball pitcher 1981-1995, played for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and Minnesota Twins.
Susie Castillo, born in Methuen on October 27, 1979, Miss Massachusetts USA 2003, Miss USA 2003 and MTV VJ.
Elias James Corey, born in Methuen on May 12, 1928, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1990.
Robert Frost, poet, lived in Methuen from January to March, 1893 teaching at Methuen’s Second Grammar School and again around 1899, when he lived on chicken farm for a year.