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Home Security in Bridgeport, CT

Overview

Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Bridgeport, Connecticut This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Bridgeport.

Population: 146,579
County: Fairfield
ZIP Codes: 00604, 06601, 06602, 06604, 06605, 06606, 06607, 06608, 06610, 06615, 06650, 06699

Bridgeport Home Security Facts

The crime rate in the town of Bridgeport is significantly higher than the average across all the communities of all sizes in the US. Crimes occur in Bridgeport at the rate of 30 crimes for every one thousand inhabitants of the town. The likelihood that a person will become the victim of a crime in the town is 1 in 33.

When compared with other towns and cities of all sizes in Connecticut, the rate of crime in Bridgeport is higher than 97% of the state’s towns and cities. In comparison with similar sized communities in the US, the crime rate in Bridgeport is close to the average for such comparably sized towns.

The rate of occurrence of violent crimes in Bridgeport is one of the highest for all the communities of all sizes in the US. These violent crimes include rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, and robbery. The chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime in the town is 1 in 131.

The rate of occurrence of property crimes in Bridgeport is 22 property crimes for every one thousand residents. As a result, Bridgeport is a place where there is an above average chance of becoming the victim of a property crime, when compared with other towns and communities of all population sizes in the US. The property crimes include motor vehicle theft, larceny, arson, and burglary and a person has a 1 in 45 chance of becoming a victim of any of such crimes.

It is worthy of note that the town of Bridgeport has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle thefts in the US. The chance of becoming the victim of motor vehicle theft is 1 in 199.

History of Bridgeport

Bridgeport was initially inhabited by the Paugussett native Americans. The first set of English colonizers settled in the area in 1644. The area they settled in was called the Pequonnock (meaning cleared land).

The early residents of the area were mainly involved in fishing and farming activities and relied on these for survival. The area became incorporated as Bridgeport town in 1821. Between 1870 and 1910, the town became the major industrial center in the state of Connecticut. As a result, there was an increase in the population from about 25,000 people to more than 100,000 people. The residents of the town included immigrants from Ireland, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, England and Italy.

At the same time, Bridgeport was the main center of corset production in the US, producing about 20% of the entire corset in the nation. During the period of the first World War, the town produced steam-fitting and heating materials, photographs, brass goods, typewriters, saddles, brassieres, and milling machines.

Abraham Lincoln, in March 1860, visited the town and gave a speech in an auditorium in the town known as Washington Hall. Other notable people to have delivered speeches in the town are Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1960s), President George W. Bush (2006), and President Barack Obama (2010).

In 1965, the first Subway restaurant in the city was opened in the North End part of the town. The site was the location of The Frisbie Pie Company. Bridgeport is now regarded as the birthplace of the Frisbee.

Interesting Facts About Bridgeport

  • There are different venues for music events and live theater in the town such as Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Playhouse on the Green, Klein Memorial Auditorium, and Webster Bank Arena; The Playhouse on the Green, with 228 seats, hosts plays and various musical events. The Klein Memorial Auditorium seats 1400 people and hosts touring shows and concerts. The Greater Bridgeport Symphony has performed at the auditorium since 1945. The Webster Bank Arena is a sports events venue.
  • The town hosts the Gathering of the Vibes, an annual weekend-long event. It features music, arts and camping festivals.
  • The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in the town is both an educational resource center and a tourist destination. The museum is the only Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Connecticut.
  • The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport is the museum with the largest collection of art of any two-year college in the US.
  • The history of Bridgeport is celebrated in the Barnum Museum in the town. The museum also celebrates circuses and the showman.

Notable Residents

Edwin Herbert Land, the American inventor and scientist, popularly known for co-founding Polaroid, was born in Bridgeport in 1909.

Fanny J. Crosby, the composer of thousands of Christian hymns, lived in Bridgeport for almost twenty years. She died, and was buried in the town at the Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Robert A. Hurley, the first Roman Catholic to become governor of Connecticut, was born in Bridgeport in 1895.
Alfred Fones was a Bridgeport dentist who was credited as the founder of the profession of Dental Hygiene in 1906.

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