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Home Security in Hartford, CT

Overview

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

Population: 124,320
County: Hartford
ZIP Codes: 06101, 06103, 06105, 06106, 06107, 06108, 06109, 06110, 06111, 06112, 06114, 06117, 06118, 06119, 06120, 06152

Hartford Home Security Facts

The crime rate in Hartford is 53 crimes for every one thousand residents in the town. The chance that a person will be the victim of a crime (violent crime or property crime) in Hartford is 1 in 19.

Compared to other towns and cities in Connecticut, the crime rate in Hartford is higher than 99% of the state’s cities and towns. Consequently, Hartford is one of the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in the US. In comparison with similar sized towns in the US, the crime rate in Hartford is higher than the average for such comparably sized towns.

The rate of occurrence of violent crimes in Hartford is one of the highest in the US, for all communities and towns of all sizes. These violent crimes include rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery and aggravated assault. The likelihood that a person will become a victim of violent crime in Hartford is 1 in 91. Besides, Hartford has one of the highest murder rates in the US.

Property crimes like burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson, are frequent occurrences in Hartford. The chance of a person becoming the victim of any of these property crimes in Hartford is 1 in 24, which translates to a rate of 42 property crimes for every one thousand residents. Of particular note is the significantly higher rate of motor vehicle theft in the town when compared to other US towns and communities. One out of every 159 people have their car stolen in the town.

History of Hartford

Hartford was first settled on 15th October 1637 by English colonists, although the first Europeans that explored the area were Dutch (in 1614). The settlement was originally named Newtown, but the name was changed to Hartford in 1637. The name was chosen after Hertford, England, the hometown of Samuel Stone, one of the earliest settlers.

Hartford means deer crossing, as evidenced in the seal of the city which features a male deer. Hartford was incorporated as a city in 1784.

In the early 1800s, Hartford was a center of abolitionist activity. At the time, the most popular abolitionist family was the Beechers. The city was the site of the first Wide Awakes in 1860, abolitionist supporters of Abraham Lincoln.

During the mid-1800s, the advance of the industrial revolution made Hartford one of the wealthiest cities in the US. Around 1850, a native of Hartford, Samuel Colt perfected the manufacturing process of revolvers. This gave way to the mass production of thousands of Colt revolvers with interchangeable parts.

Around the same time, besides firearms, Hartford was also the center of production of various products such as Weed sewing machines, Columbia bicycles, Royal and Underwood typewriters, and Pope automobiles.

In April 1909, the city of Hartford was flooded and greatly damaged when the Connecticut River reached a record flood stage of 7.47 meters above the low water mark. Thirty-five years later, the city recorded one of the worst fire disasters in US history (The Hartford Circus Fire).

After WWII, many citizens of Puerto Rico moved to Hartford. Till date, Puerto Rican flags can be seen on buildings and cars in the city.

Interesting Facts About Hartford

  • The largest colonial revival building in the world is located in Hartford on Farmington Avenue. The building, which is the Aetna Inc. headquarters, is crowned by a tall Georgian tower.
  • The oldest historic site in Hartford is the Ancient Burying Ground. The burying ground is the first graveyard in the city and many of the renowned residents and founders of Hartford are buried there.
  • The Samuel Colt Home, also called Armsmear (meadow of arms), is located on Wethersfield Avenue in the town. The family home was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in November 1966 and designated a US National Historic Landmark in 1976.
  • The Bushnell Center of the Performing Arts was constructed in Hartford in the 1930s and features Georgian Revival architecture on the exterior parts. The theatre has the US largest hand-painted mural suspended from the ceiling. The venue is touted as the premier presenter of performing arts in Connecticut.
  • Various annual parades take place in Hartford city. They include Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade (in May), Hooker Day Parade (in May), Greater Hartford Puerto Rican Day Parade (in June), Greater Hartford West Indian Parade (in August), and Connecticut Veterans Parade (in November).

Notable Residents

Noah Webster (1758 – 1843), the dictionary author, was born in Hartford. So were the inventor, Samuel Colt (1814 – 1862), and J. P. Morgan (1837 – 1913), the American industrialist and financier.

Mark Twain (1835–1910), the popular American writer, publisher, humorist and lecturer moved to Hartford in 1874.

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