Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Barre, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Barre.
Barre Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Barre was ranked 184th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 improving from 135th in 2012. However, it was 80th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 103rd in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Barre
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Barre 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.
Barre is a small town in Worcester County, originally called the Northwest District of Rutland and first settled in 1720. By 1774 the town was incorporated and called Hutchinson after the colonial governor of Massachusetts, Thomas Hutchinson. On November 7th, 1776, the town was renamed Barre to honor Isaac Barre, an Irish-born Member of Parliament and staunch supporter of American independence. Today, the town is mostly residential with a population of just over 5000.
What Barre is Known for…
Barre has enjoyed a quiet, agrarian history in large measure. During the Industrial Revolution, farm equipment manufacturing was a significant industry, along with the making of palm leaf hats. When the United States was plunged into civil war, Barre did its part to help the Union Army by supplying large amounts of much-needed gunpowder.
List of Town Favorites
Picasso Restaurant and Bar—2 Common Street
Barre Mill Restaurant—90 Main Street
The Jenkins Inn and Restaurant—7 West Street
Historic Places and Recreation Spots
If you’re in Barre, it’s worth stopping by the Barre Historical Society and Museum for a closer look at the history and culture of the town. The Barre Players Theater runs a host of interesting productions each year, and Russel’s Fossil Museum offers a look back at the much more distant past in Barre and the surrounding area.
Famous People from Barre
Several notable Americans have called Barre home. These include Congressman Timothy Jenkins, state senator Stephen Brewer and Confederate general Daniel Ruggles. Jacob Riis, author of “How the Other Half Lives” also hails from Barre.