Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Salem, MA. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Salem.
Salem, MA Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Salem was ranked 22nd in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 63rd in 2012. It was 129th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 141st in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Salem
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Salem 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.
Salem was first settled in 1626, shortly after the Pilgrims arrived in America, however, it wasn’t until 1836 that Salem was incorporated as a city. The name Salem comes from the Ancient Greek word “salaam,” meaning peace.
What Salem is Known for…
After its incorporation, Salem entered a time where it was known for its fishing industry. The settlers of the area inherited land that allowed the natives who lived on the land before them to thrive; the fertile soil and rich rivers provided a sustainable source of life for them.
Salem, however, is best known for its ties to American history and culture; the foremost being its ties to the Salem Witch Trials. During the Salem Witch Trials, twenty-four citizens were found guilty of witchcraft and were executed. At the time of the executions it was common belief that the Devil was living among the colonist in everyday life. When a local woman fell sick, and her condition persisted, the village doctor was called in to help treat her. He diagnosed her with bewitchment, the first instance of the Witch Trials in Salem. Though the trials themselves only lasted a little over a year, it created mass hysteria in the community.
After the Witch Trials in the seventeenth century, Salem became a prosperous maritime town. By 1790 it became the sixth largest city in the country, while also becoming the richest per capita; the leading industries in town were fishing and shipbuilding.
Since these times Salem has become a tourist destination and mainstream entertainment like Hocus Pocus and Bewitched were filmed in the city. Salem also became a popular association with Halloween and fantasy. Another claim to fame of Salem is being the origin of the United States National Guard.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Among the many historical sites in Salem, two of the most important are the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of Seven Gables. The Peabody Essex Museum contains over one million pieces, twenty-two historic buildings and ranks among the top twenty in the world. The House of Seven Gables is famous for its references in literature over time. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a romantic novel of the same name. It is also across the street from the birth home of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Famous People from Salem, MA
Alexander Graham Bell was famous for his invention of the telephone. Although born and raised in Scotland, Bell and his family moved to North America, first landing in Canada. He then moved down to Boston and nearby towns to promote his study and understanding of sound and communication; With his knowledge of these ideas, he was able to invent the telephone. Bell would live in Salem while working on the telephone.
George Swinnerton Parker was born during the nineteenth century in Salem where he would spend most of his life. Parker and his two brothers Charles and Edward helped him create the Parker Brothers brand, which is a toy and game manufacturer. Under George, the company produced the games, Monopoly, Sorry!, Rook and Clue.
Jack Welch is a famous businessman who served as CEO of General Electric for twenty years, retiring in 2001. Welch was born and raised in Salem where he would also graduate from Salem High School. During his time as CEO he made GE 4,000% more valuable and become known for his business mentality and preaching the term Stockholder Value.