Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Quincy, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Quincy.
Quincy Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Quincy was ranked 85th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 113th in 2012. It was 61st for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 72nd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Quincy
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Quincy 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 Quincy
First settled in 1625, Quincy was part of Dorchester and Boston for a short time before becoming the north precinct of Braintree in 1640. In 1792, Quincy was split off from Braintree and incorporated as a separate town. Quincy was named after Colonel John Quincy, maternal grandfather of Abigail Adams and after whom John Quincy Adams was also named. Following the American Revolution, Quincy was made a city in 1888.
What Quincy is Known for…
For more than a century, Quincy was home to a thriving granite industry. The city was also the site of the Granite Railway, the first commercial railroad in the United States. . It was constructed in 1826 to carry granite from a Quincy quarry to the Neponset River in Milton. The stone was then taken by boat to erect the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Shipbuilding, at the Fore River Shipyard, was another key part of the city’s economy. In the 20th century, both the Howard Johnson’s restaurant chain and Dunkin’ Donuts were founded in the city.
Listing of Quincy Favorites
The Fat Cat, 24 Chestnut St., Quincy, MA 02169
The Fox & Hound Wood Grill & Tavern, 125 Sea St., Quincy, MA 02169
Falafel King, 1504 Hancock St. Quincy, MA 02169
Evolino’s Pizza & Subs, 103 Franklin St., Quincy, MA 02169
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Adams National Historical Park on Hancock Street was the birthplace two U.S. presidents, John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, and home to subsequent generations of their descendants from 1720 to 1927. The purpose of the park is to preserve and protect the grounds, homes, and personal property of four generations of the Adams family and to educate and inspire current and future generations.
United First Parish Church on Hancock Street was church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Quincy Adams. Tours of the church, known as the “Church of the Presidents,” include a visit to the Adams Family crypt, where John Adams, John Quincy Adams and their wives are interred.
Dorothy Quincy Homestead on Butler Road, parts of which date to 1685, was home to generations of Quincys. The estate was also the childhood home of Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence and first governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During the pre-Revolutionary War years, the Quincy Homestead was a meeting place for patriots such as John Adams, Josiah Quincy, Benjamin Franklin and Hancock.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Quincy
Abigail (Smith) Adams was born in Weymouth on November 22, 1744. Abigail was the wife of John Adams, the first Vice President, and second President, of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President. She died in Quincy on October 28, 1818.
John Hancock was born in Quincy on January 23, 1737. Hancock was a merchant, smuggler, statesman, and prominent patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hancock served more than two years in the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, and as president of Congress. He was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. He died in Boston on October 9, 1793.
John William Cheever was born in Quincy on May 27, 1912. An American novelist and short story writer., Cheever is sometomes called “the Chekhov of the suburbs.” His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, old New England villages based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, and Italy, especially Rome. A compilation of his short stories, “The Stories of John Cheever,” won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.