Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Chelmsford.
Chelmsford Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Chelmsford was ranked 129th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 118th in 2012. It was 230th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 219th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Chelmsford
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Chelmsford 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.
In 1653, the area now known as Chelmsford was settled by colonists from neighboring settlements in Concord and Woburn. Chelmsford was incorporated in 1655 and was named after the city of the same name in England. At the time of its incorporation, it contained land from the present towns Carlisle, parts of Lowell, Tyngsboro and Westford.
What Chelmsford is known for…
Since its incorporation and until the twentieth century, Chelmsford was a primarily a farming community. Set in the middle of two rivers, the Merrimack River and the Concord River. This not only allowed for fertile land for farming but also allowed for a rise in industry. Apart from the agriculture, Chelmsford also was supported by lumber mills, quarries and kilns.
At the time of the Revolutionary war, over 150 Chelmsford men joined ranks in the Battle of Concord, only to later see battle at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Among the soldiers killed in battle were Colonel Moses Parker and Captain Benjamin Walker.
Since this time Chelmsford has tried to remain connected to its roots by retaining the small town feel, while also bolstering an increasingly industrialized are. By the 1800’s it became one of the largest factory towns in the nation after an abundance of manufacturers arose in the area. Currently it has the largest population in Middlesex County, and in 2011 it was declared one of the top places to live in the country by Money Magazine.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Like many other towns in Middlesex County, Chelmsford is home to many historic residences like the Fiske House, Hildreth- Robbins House, Oliver Hutchins House and Chelmsford Garrison House. In 1691, there were nineteen garrisons in Chelmsford which housed British soldiers. The Chelmsford Garrison House was one of them and remains virtually unchanged since it was built and now operates as a museum. It shows a typical living quarter for a family at the time.
Famous People from Chelmsford
Gerry Callahan is a sports columnist for the Boston Herald and sports radio host. He was born and raised in Chelmsford where he would attend high school before going on to have a successful career as a sports analyst. Callahan is a regular on the show Fox Sports New England and has been on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters.
Benjamin Pierce was born in Chelmsford where he lived until the death of his father, and went on to have a career in politics, although his son Franklin Pierce went on to have more success as the fourteenth President of the U.S. Benjamin Pierce, after serving as a reputable veteran of the Revolutionary War, went on to serve as the eleventh Governor of New Hampshire.
Phil Bourque a cousin of Bruins legend Ray Bourque, was born and raised in Chelmsford before he went on to play hockey at the professional level from 1982-2000. Among Pittsburgh Penguin fan’s he is known as the “Ol’ Two Niner,” after wearing the number twenty-nine while playing for the franchise for seven years.