Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Dover, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Dover.
Dover Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Dover was ranked 239th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 221st in 2012. It was 270th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 224th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Dover
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Dover 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.
The area now known as Dover was originally settled in 1640. In 1748 its name was changed to Springfield Parish of Dedham, only to have its name changed once more 36 years later as District Dedham. In 1836 it was officially incorporated as a town and was named Dover.
What Dover is Known for…
The first meetinghouse, which doubled as a church, which served as the central point of the town was built in 1754. The first Minister of Dover was Benjamin Caryl who served for over fifty years. The nearby Whiting Tavern provided entertainment for the locals in the colonial times. It also is the location where Dover soldiers would train for the Revolutionary War. On the day of the Battles of Concord and Lexington, over sixty Dover men assembled a militia and marched towards Concord and Lexington battling skirmishes on the way although they never reaching their destination. The militia also fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, led by the owner of Whiting Tavern, Daniel Whiting.
After the war, Dover served primarily as a farming community. Industry outside agriculture included lumber mills, grist mills and metal forges. While little evidence remains of Dover’s industry, remnants of Dover Union Iron Mill still exists.
Dover is also home to the cryptic creature referred to as the Dover Demon. On three separate occasions in 1977, residents of Dover described a mysterious creature. Described as having a large watermelon like head, glossy orange eyes and tan skin, the creature has led to the creation of figurines in both Japan and North America, and remains popular among those interested in science fiction.
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Noanet Woodlands in Dover boasts nearly 600 acres of woodlands and over seventeen miles of trails. These trails are used year round where the public enjoy hiking, mountain biking and horse-back riding in the warmer months, and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. The trails also boast wonderful views of Boston, and a variety of wildlife both plants and animals. The sole historical house in Dover is the Benjamin Caryl House where the first Reverend of Dover and his son George who became the town’s first doctor lived. The house now operates as a museum and is furnished with fixtures from the eighteenth century.
Famous People from Dover
Milt Schmidt is a Boston sport legend and the only person in Boston Bruins history to serve as a player, captain, Coach and General Manager. He has also had involvement in four of six championships, two as a player and two as General Manager and eventually was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Schmidt lived in Dover during part of his time on the Bruins staff.
Leverett A. Saltonstall was a politician who owned a farm in Dover where he spent time after his career in politics. Saltonstall was the fifty-fifth Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1939-1945, and as a United States Senator from 1945-1967.
Kenny Florian is a retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter who grew up in Dover, although being born in Westwood. He attended Dover- Sherborn Regional High School and graduated in 1994 as a standout soccer player which he continued in college, playing for Boston College. After college he turned to Mixed Martial Arts where he would go on to have a successful career finishing his career with fourteen wins and only six losses, and he is also the only fighter from the UFC to fight in four weight divisions.