Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for New Bedford, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to New Bedford.
Number of Households: 39,068
ZIP Codes: 02740, 02743, 02744, 02745, 02746, 02747, 02748
The rate of occurrence of crime in New Bedford is 39 crimes for every one thousand residents, which is higher than the average for all the communities of all sizes in the US. However, this rate is still not among the highest in the US. The chance of becoming a victim of crime in New Bedford is 1 in 25.
When compared with other communities and towns in the state of Massachusetts, the crime rate in New Bedford is higher than 98% of all the other communities. As a result, New Bedford is one of the most unsafe communities in Massachusetts. The crime rate in the city is also higher than the average for communities and cities of a similar size in the US.
The rate of occurrence of violent crime in New Bedford is one of the highest on the US for all communities of all sizes. The chance that a person will be the victim of a violent crime in New Bedford is one out of 116, translating to 0.9% probability of experiencing rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
The rate of occurrence of property crimes in New Bedford is 31 for every one thousand residents. As a result, in New Bedford, a person has an above average chance of being a victim of property crimes. The likelihood is 1 in 32. However, in the US, New Bedford has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle thefts (1 in 344).
The Wampanoag tribe were, before the 1600s, the only inhabitants of the lands in southeastern Massachusetts and the Acushnet River. Bartholomew Gosnold, who explored the Cape Cod area in 1602 arrived at the site that is present-day New Bedford but did not settle the area but returned to England with his crew.
Half a century later in 1652, New Bedford was first settled by Europeans. The English settlers in Plymouth Colony bought the land from the chief of the Wampanoag tribe. The land was then used by the settlers to build the town of Old Dartmouth which comprises present-day Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet and Westport.
New Bedford used to be known as Bedford Village and it separated from Old Dartmouth to become incorporated as a town in 1787 after the American Revolutionary War. The name of the town was suggested by some prominent residents in the community; the Russell Family.
The town of New Bedford officially became a city in 1847 and its first mayor was Abraham Hathaway Howland. At about the same time, the economy of New Bedford began to boom with the growth of the whaling industry due to the location of town and its deep harbor. Many of the families in the city were involved in the whaling activities.
When the town of New Bedford was incorporated in 1787, it could not be named Bedford town because Bedford, Massachusetts had been incorporated earlier, hence the addition of the New to the town’s name.
The nickname of New Bedford is The Whaling City because the city was one of the most prominent whaling ports in the world in the 19th century.
The New Bedford Horticultural Society was established by James Arnold in 1847.
Two Forts; Fort Taber and Fort Rodman, were built in New Bedford during the American Civil War. Both forts are sometimes called Fort Taber. Fort Taber was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in February 1973.
There are lots of playgrounds and parks in the city of New Bedford. Examples of such parks include Brooklawn Park, Hazelwood Park, Buttonwood Park and Fort Rodman/Taber Park.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Common Park, New Bedford was created by Stephen Fellows Adams in 1866. It is dedicated to the citizens of New Bedford that served in the American Civil War.
The New Bedford public library, the oldest reference center in southeastern Massachusetts, was established in 1852.
Albert Bierstadt, the famous American painter who painted scenes of the landscapes of American West grew up in New Bedford.
Merton Jennings Batchelder, a US Marine Corps brigadier general that served as the commanding officer of the 25th Marine Regiment, was born in New Bedford in March 1896. He received the Navy Cross and Bronze Star Medal.
George Neves Leighton, the US District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois was born in New Bedford in October 1912. He was in office between February 1986 and December 1987. The US Postal Service in New Bedford was renamed in his honor in 2005.