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Home Security in Greenwich, CT

Overview

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

Population: 62,396
County: Fairfield
ZIP Codes: 06807, 06830, 06831, 06836, 06870, 06878

Greenwich Crime Statistics

The rate at which crimes (violent and property crimes combined) occur in Greenwich is 7 crimes for every 1000 residents which is one of the lower crime rates for all communities of all sizes in the US. Greenwich’s crime rate is lower than 83% of the towns and communities in the US. The likelihood that a person will become the victim of a crime in Greenwich is 1 in 150.

When Greenwich is compared with other communities and towns in Connecticut, the crime rate in Greenwich is lower than almost 59% of the state’s cities and towns. Consequently, the town is ranked as one the top 100 safest cities in the US. In comparison with cities and towns that have a similar population size, Greenwich has one of the lowest crime rates in the US.

The rate of occurrence of violent crimes in Greenwich is considerably lower than the average for all towns and communities of all population sizes in the US. Assault, rape, armed robbery and murder occur less often in Greenwich than in most parts of the US and the likelihood that a person will become the victim of any of such violent crimes in the town is 1 in 4454. That translates to 0 crimes for every one thousand residents.

The property crime rate in Greenwich is lower than the average for all the towns and cities in the US. As a result, a person is less likely to become the victim of property crimes such as burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny in Greenwich than in most towns and communities in the US. A person has a 0.6% (1 in 155) chance of becoming a property crime victim in Greenwich.

History of Greenwich

The area that is now Greenwich was settled in 1640. Elizabeth Fones Winthrop, the daughter-in-law of John Winthrop (Governor and founder of Massachusetts Bay Colony), was one of the founders of Greenwich. Greenwich was declared a town in May 1665 by the General Assembly in Hartford.

Elizabeth Fones and the other founders purchased Greenwich Point and much of the area now known as Old Greenwich. Greenwich Point was, during the early history of the area, known as Elizabeth’s Neck, in recognition of Elizabeth Fones’ purchases.

During the American Revolutionary War, General Israel Putnam escaped from the British in February 1779 in what was a daring effort. Putnam was then able to warn Stamford as the British forces pillaged the town.
Greenwich Point, which was locally referred to as Tod’s Point, was open to only residents of the town and their guests.

However, a lawyer sued the town saying that his freedom rights were threatened because he was prevented from going to Tod’s Point. The lawyer lost the case in the lower courts but won the case in the Supreme Court of Connecticut. As a result, Greenwich was made to modify its beach access policy to all of its four beaches.

Interesting Facts About Greenwich

  • The town is named after Greenwich, London.
  • The town of Greenwich is home to various hedge funds companies and other financial services companies.
  • The town is the westernmost and southernmost city in Connecticut.
  • In 2005, Money Magazine and CNN/Money ranked the town of Greenwich as 12th on the list of 100 Best Places to Live in the US.
  • The Gulliver’s Restaurant and Bar that borders Greenwich and Port Chester got burned in 1974 and 24 young people died in the incident.
  • The Mianus River Bridge that carries traffic on the Interstate 95 over an estuary collapsed in 1983. The collapse resulted in the death of three people.
  • During the American Revolutionary War, Round Hill in Greenwich which has an elevation of more than 600 feet was a lookout point for the Continental Army. From the top of the hill, the Manhattan skyline is visible.
  • The Bush-Holley House in Greenwich is a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum. The house was built around 1730. In the late 1800s, the house was the center of Connecticut’s first art colony, Cos Cob Art Colony. Between 1890 and 1920, artists, writers, editors and arts students gathered in the house to study with leading US Impressionists. The house is currently open for tours and was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in December 1988.
  • Putnam Cottage, known as Knapp Tavern during the American Revolution, was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in September 1977.

Notable Residents

Mel Gibson, the famous actor, producer and director, owned an estate in Greenwich.

Scooter Braun, the famous music producer and manager of Justin Bieber, grew up in Greenwich and attended Greenwich High School.

Jim Brown, the soccer player for the US National Team in the World Cup in 1930, attended Greenwich High School. He was elected to the US National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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