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Home Security in Bristol, CT

Overview

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

Population: 60,223
County: Hartford
ZIP Codes: 06010, 06011

Bristol Home Security Facts

The overall rate of crime in Bristol is 17 crimes for every one thousand residents in the town. Consequently, Bristol’s crime rate is close to the average for all the towns and cities of all sizes in the US. A person in Bristol has a 1 in 60 chance of becoming the victim of crime. When the rate of crime in Bristol is compared to other towns and cities in the state of Connecticut, Bristol’s crime rate is lower than about 27% of those towns.

In comparison with other communities and towns in the US of similar population size, the crime rate in Bristol is considerably lower than the average. So, Bristol is safer than most comparably sized cities in the US.

The rate of occurrence of violent crimes in Bristol is considerably below the average for all the communities of all population sizes in the US. Violent crimes such as rape, assault, murder and armed robbery occur less often in Bristol than they do in most parts of the US. The chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime in the town is 1 in 1094, which translates to 1 violent crime for every one thousand residents in the town.

The rate at which property crimes occur in Bristol town is 16 property crimes for every one thousand residents. As a result, Bristol is a town where there is an above average chance of becoming the victim of a property crime, when compared to other towns and cities of all population sizes in the US. The chance of becoming a victim of a property crime like motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny or burglary in Bristol is 1 in 63.

History of Bristol

The area that is now Bristol town was initially part of Farmington. The area was inhabited by the Indian Tunxis tribe, called the Avho, before the English settlers arrived there.

The area was settled by the English colonists in 1727 when it was named New Cambridge. The new name of the town was derived from the English town, Bristol. In 1785, the area was incorporated as a town. Bristol borough was incorporated in 1893, however in 1911, the borough was chartered as a city.

The early settlers in the town did not consider what is now the center of the town to be useful for agricultural purposes, hence they settled around the hills in the outlying parts. As a result, they cleared the primeval forests in that area.

When manufacturing activities started in the town, the industries were situated around watercourses. Consequently, mills were erected on the streams that flowed through the town.

During the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783, there was considerable Tory activity in Bristol town. Owing to the Tory activity, a particular cave in the area was known as Tory’s Den.

The town became famous for the making of clocks in the late 1790s when Gideon Roberts began the art.
The town of Bristol has been represented in all the wars that the US has ever engaged in.

Interesting Facts About Bristol

  • The town of Bristol is most popular as the home of Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). The central studios of the network are located in the town.
  • Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the US is located in the town. The amusement park, which was opened in 1846 and spans 134 hectares, features a water park (named Crocodile Cove) and a beach. Lake Compounce has the 14th oldest wooden roller coaster in the world, named Wildcat.
  • The American Clock and Watch Museum located in the town is one of the few museums in the US dedicated solely to the history, science and art of timekeeping and timekeepers (horology). Industrial-made American clocks of the 1800s and 1900s are on display in the museum. Due to the history of the town, it is nicknamed “Bell City”.
  • The Bristol Mum Festival takes place annually in Bristol and features a Mum Parade. The festival first held in October 1962 and used to be called Fall Festival. The festival is held in celebration of chrysanthemums, a flowering plant that used to be produced in the town. Production stopped in 1986.
  • Every September, a Polish-American Dozynki festival holds in the town at St. Stanislaus Church.
  • The Harry Barnes Memorial Nature Center in the town has nature trails, fields, and forests which are attractive sites for tourists and residents.

Notable Residents

The President of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, John R. Broderick, was born in Bristol in 1957.

Michael L. Reiss, the writer of the animated series The Simpsons, was born in Bristol in September 1959.

Gordon John Humphrey, the American Politician that represented New Hampshire in the US Senate on two terms between 1979 and 1990, was born in Bristol.

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