Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Brockton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Brockton.
Brockton Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Brockton was ranked 12th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 18th in 2012. It was 15th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 23rd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Brockton
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Brockton 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.
Brockton was part of the land known as Saughtucket sold by Ousamequin (Massasoit) to Myles Standish as an addition to Duxbury in 1649. The English renamed this land Bridgewater, until 1821, when it became the town of North Bridgewater. In 1874, the name of the town was changed to Brockton after Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, after a local merchant heard of Brockville, Ontario, on a trip to Niagara Falls. Brockton became a city on April 9, 1881.
What Brockton is Known for…
On October 1, 1883, Brockton became the first place in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system when Thomas Edison threw a switch to activate it. The City Theater, which opened on October 24, 1894, was the first theater in the world to be tied into the three-wire electrical system.
Brockton was the home of professional boxer Rocky Marciano. On September 23, 1952, Rocky Marciano made history by knocking out Joe Walcott and claiming the world heavyweight championship. He went on to become the only heavyweight to retire undefeated, at 49-0.
Listing of Brockton Favorites
JJ’s Caffe, 610 N. Main St., Brockton, MA 02301
Cape Cod Café, 979 Main St., Brockton, MA 02301
Out Of Many Jamaican Restaurant, 61 Torrey St., Brockton, MA 02301
The Peruvian Place, 55 City Hall Plz., Brockton, MA 02301
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
The Dr. Edgar Everett Dean House on Green Street was built in 1884 for Doctor Edgar Everett Dean, a prominent local physician. The three-story wood frame Queen Anne Victorian is one of the few surviving residential designs of the locally prominent architect Wesley Lyng Minor, whose credits also include Brockton City Hall. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
The Brockton Edison Electric Illuminating Company Power Station or “Brockton Edison Company – Old Power Station” is a historic power plant on School Street. It is one of the earliest power plants built by Thomas Edison. The plant opened on October 1, 1883.
The Gardner J. Kingman House is a historic house on Main Street. Built in 1886, the house was designed by the locally prominent architect Wesley Lyng Minor. This three-story house was the first brick residence built in the city. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Famous People from (or Who Lived in) Brockton
Rocky Marciano was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano in Brockton on September 1, 1923. A professional boxer, he was the World Heavyweight Champion from September 23, 1952 to April 27, 1956. Marciano is the only person to hold the heavyweight title and go untied and undefeated throughout his career. Marciano defended his title six times. He has been ranked by many boxing historians as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. He died on August 31, 1969 near Newton, Iowa.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler was born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey on May 23, 1954. Hagler moved to Brockton with his family in 1967. A former professional boxer, Hagler was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion was the second longest of the 20th century behind only Tony Zale.
Allen “Al” Davis was born in Brockton on July 4, 1929. Davis was an American football coach and executive. He was the principal owner and general manager of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League from 1972 to 2011. He died in Oakland, California on October 8, 2011.