Welcome to American Alarms’ business and home security page for Worcester, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Worcester.
Worcester Business and Home Security Facts
According to the FBI Crime Database for Massachusetts’ 279 cities and towns, Worcester was ranked 11th in “Most Property Damage per 100,000” in 2013 declining from 12th in 2012. It was 10th for “Most Burglaries per 100,000” declining from 12th in 2012.
American Alarm’s History in Worcester
Based in New England since 1971, we’ve worked in the Worcester 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.
First settled by European settlers in 1673, the original name for the land was Quinsigamond. After becoming incorporated as a town in 1722, the name was changed to Worcester. The name stemmed from a city of the same name in England, and over 100 years later in 1848, the town became a city.
What Worcester is Known for
Prior to Europeans arrival to the area, Worcester was settled by many Nipmuc natives who found the local resources to be a great place for early settlement. They named the land Quinsigamond, which meant “fishing place for pickerel.” As colonists began coming to the area, the Nipmucs became unhappy with their settlements, and in King Philip’s War, they destroyed the early settlements. Worcester was once again resettled in 1684, however were forced to leave again in Queen Anne’s War.
The town was resettled again in 1713, this time it was permanent. Early growth in the area was slow, however with the Industrial Revolution flooding New England, the rise in industry and population was substantial. The nearby Blackstone River provided excellent routes for travel and trade which made it a prime location for the time period. Some of the early developments in Worcester was the emergence of the steel wire manufacturing, the invention of the monkey wrench and of the first envelope folder, as well as textile loom manufacturers.
The rise in industry powered Worcester to become one of the larger cities in New England, and today, it is the second largest in New England, only behind Boston. With a population of over 180,000, Worcester is regarded as a city on the rise with many students claiming Worcester as home after graduating from one of the ten colleges in the city, including Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The culture in Worcester is also growing with elements of famous concert venues, festivals, galleries and museums as Worcester’s growth goes beyond the population.
Listing of Worcester Favorites
Bocado – 82 Winter St, Worcester, MA 01604
EVO Dining – 234 Chandler St, Worcester, MA 01609
One Eleven Chop House – 111 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
The Boynton Restaurant& Spirits – 117 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609
The Sole Proprietor – 118 Highland St, Worcester, MA 01609
Short List of Historic Places or Recreation Spots
Among the prominent recreation sites in town are the concert and sporting venues as well as the museums in town including the EcoTarium and the Worcester Art Museum. Among the major concert and event venues in town are the DCU Center and the Worcester Palladium. Not only is the DCU Center home too many concerts, but it is also home to the AHL Worcester Sharks, the farm team of the San Jose Sharks. Between the DCU Center and the Palladium, some of the bands and musicians to play are Blink-182, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, Kanye West, Katy Perry and P!nk, it has also hosted events that include bull riding, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and WWE.
Among the museums in the city are EcoTarium and the Worcester Art Museum. The EcoTarium is a science museum which is home to a variety of different exhibits including animals, dinosaurs, a planetarium, a tree canopy walkway, and a water exhibit. The other prominent museum is the Worcester Art Museum, which houses a variety of art, including pieces from world renowned artist such as, El Greco, Winslow Homer, Kandinsky, Matisse, Rembrandt and Renoir.
Famous People from Worcester
Bob Cousy is best known for his career in the NBA which spanned thirteen seasons and two teams, the Boston Celtics and the Cincinnati Royals who are now the Sacramento Kings. Cousy was born and raised in New York city where he first began playing basketball at age thirteen. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School he would go on to attend College of the Holy Cross in Worcester where he became the team leader. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in the 1950 NBA Draft. During his career, Cousy would accumulate awards such as a six NBA Championships, thirteen All-Star Awards, an MVP Award and a Hall of Fame induction. He currently resides in Worcester.
Denis Leary was born and raised in Worcester where he would attend local schools before going on to attend Emerson College, from where he would graduate in 1979. After graduating he began working as a comedian and got his first real break in 1990 when his comedic performance landed him on MTV granting him roles in acting. Since then he has made an appearance in over forty movies, including the Ice Age series, The Amazing Spiderman series, The Sandlot and It’s a Bug’s Life.
Ernest Lawrence Thayer was a poet who lived in the nineteenth and twentieth century’s and is best known as the author of the poem, “Casey at the Bat.” Ernest Thayer was born in Lawrence, but was raised in Worcester where he would attend local schools, before going on to attend Harvard University where he would graduate in 1885, with a degree in philosophy. After college, Thayer would move to San Francisco, where he would begin writing for the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. His last piece of work as a writer was “Casey at the Bat,” a piece of work that brought him great notoriety.
American Alarm’s featured business security system in Worcester, MA
In Massachusetts’ second largest city, American Alarm serves hundreds of business and residential customers. We design, install and monitor a full range of home security systems with the basics of fire and burglar protection, to complex commercial systems with access control, video surveillance and environmental monitoring.
In Worcester we recently had the challenge of meeting the security needs of a social service agency that has multiple locations across the city. This customer has a variety of properties, some residential, some educational, some commercial, but all needing security systems for the protection of the properties and the occupants. With our expert installation and service technicians, and the highly-trained staff at our 24-hour Security Command Center, the security program we put in place for this customer is robust and meeting the needs of the agency’s leadership.