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Home Security in Wallingford, CT

Overview

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

Population: 45,135
County: New Haven
ZIP Codes: 06492,  06494, 06495

Wallingford Home Security Facts

The overall crime rate (property crime and violent crime combined) in Wallingford is 15 crimes for every one thousand residents. This crime rate in Wallingford is about the average for all the cities and towns of all sizes in the US. As a result, the likelihood that a person will become the victim of a crime in Wallingford is 1 in 67.

When Wallingford is compared to other towns and communities in Connecticut, the rate of crime in the town is lower than 37% of the towns in the state. When compared to towns that have a similar population size in the US, the rate of crime in Wallingford is lower than the average for comparably sized towns, making the town safer than most similar sized towns in the US.

The rate of occurrence of violent crimes in the town is significantly below the average for all the communities and towns of all population sizes in the US. The violent crimes such as rape, assault, murder and armed robbery occur less often in Wallingford than in many parts of the US. As a result, the chance that a person will become the victim of a violent crime in the town is 1 in 1861, which translates to 2 violent crimes for every three thousand people.

The rate at which property crimes like burglary, larceny, grand theft auto and arson occur in Wallingford is 14 property crimes for every one thousand residents. This rate is about the average for all the towns and cities of all population sizes in the US.

History of Wallingford

The town of Wallingford was created by the Connecticut General Assembly in October 1667 on a plot of land near the Quinnipiac River, now known as Main Street. In May 1670, 126 people were living in temporary houses in the town, but five years later in 1675, there were already forty permanent houses in the town.

Wallingford town was the site of the last witchcraft trial in New England in 1697. The person on trial, Winifred Benham, was tried for witchcraft three times and on all three occasions, was acquitted.

In August 1878, the Wallingford Tornado struck the town killing more than 28 people in the town. The Wallingford tornado, till date, remains the tornado that produced the highest number of casualties in the history of Connecticut.

The early residents of Wallingford were farmers; however, the town has a rich design and manufacturing history. Companies such as Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co., and R. Wallace & Sons were noteworthy silver producers in the town. The Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. and Wallingford’s Watrous Manufacturing were consolidated to form part of the International Silver Company.

The town is now an established commercial and industrial base which is home to many high-technology companies and major corporations.

Interesting Facts About Wallingford

  • Choate Rosemary Hall (nicknamed Choate) in Wallingford is a private, boarding school which was founded in 1890. Some of the alumni of the school include President John F. Kennedy, Adlai Stevenson, Edward Albee, Ivanka Trump, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, etc.
  • The Toyota Oakdale Theatre on South Turnpike Road is a multipurpose performance venue which opened in 1954. The venue was initially used for summer stock and the hosting of plays. Some refurbishments were made to the theatre in the 1960s to make it a concert venue that attracted many acts. The theatre has gone through several naming changes since it was first named Oakdale Musical Theatre in 1954.
  • The Paul Mellon Arts Center in Choate (known as PMAC) was designed in 1968 by architect I. M. Pei. The building was completed in 1972 and is a subject of humor amongst Choate students, as resembling the word fuck when viewed from a certain angle.
  • The Yalesville Underpass in Wallingford is reported to be first underpass in the US. The underpass which is a 30-degree skew arch bridge was built in 1838 and designed to allow tall hay wagons to pass beneath.
  • The Nehemiah Royce House (or Washington Elm House) on North Main Street was visited twice by George Washington, first in 1775 and again in 1789. On the second visit, George Washington addressed the people of the town in front of the house. The house was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in August 1998.
  • The Center Street Cemetery in Wallingford is the oldest cemetery in the town. The cemetery was established in 1670 and serves as the burial site for many of the civic and industrial leaders of the city. It was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Notable Residents

Alice Blaski, one of the only two women from Connecticut to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, was born in Wallingford.

Bates Cooke, the American politician and lawyer, was born in Wallingford.

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