Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Athol, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Athol.
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Athol was ranked 139th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 74th in 2012. It was 67th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” improving from 35th in 2012.
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Athol 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.
Five families were responsible for the settling and creation of Athol, MA. In 1735 these families took up residence in the area, then known as Pequoiag in the local dialect. In 1762 the township was incorporated and took the name Athol, which founder John Murray said reminded him of his ancestral Scottish home, Blair Atholl—Athol means “pleasant place.”
Agriculture and hunting formed the basis of Athol’s early economy but with the development of water-powered generators, a large number of gristmills, sawmills, and fulling mills, the Athol Cotton Factory began to grow the town’s market beyond local residents.
The L.S. Starrett Company, known for its high-quality precision tools, was founded in 1881 and remains Athol’s principal employer. As a result, Athol is often called “tool town.” The town saw a sharp rise in population at the end of the 19th century but a gradual decline as rail lines closed and an interstate bypass was constructed. Today, Athol is enjoys moderate growth as a bedroom community.
If you’re a fan of outdoor pursuits, Athol has you covered. Six historic public nature areas are administered by the Athol Conservation Commission, including Bearsden Forest, which features hiking, camping and old quarries to explore. It’s also worth checking out The River Rat Race, held each spring at Cass Meadow in Athol; the 6-mile course ends at Hachey’s Landing in Orange and draws teams from all over New England. A carnival and parade are also part of the festivities.
A number of notable Americans have called Athol home. These include famous industrialist Laroy S. Starrett, founder of the L.S. Starrett Company, author Gregory Gibson, and MLB center fielder Jimmy Barrett.
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Athol, MA, United States
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