Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Acton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Acton.
Number of Households: 8,479
ZIP Codes: 01718, 01720
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Acton is one of the safest towns in Massachusetts and the United States at large. According to FBI statistics, only a paltry 40% of communities in Massachusetts are safer than Acton. Acton has an extremely low crime rate when it comes to violent crimes. The chances of falling victim to a violent crime in Acton are 1 in 985.
Property crimes such as larceny and arson have way higher rates as opposed to violent crime rates. The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Acton are 1 in 137.
Acton was first settled by the Native Americans who used the surrounding Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord rivers for transportation. Although Native Americans occupied Anton as far back as 7,000 years ago, their population dropped after an epidemic of diseases that accompanied the arrival of the European. The very first homestead was built in Acton in 1639. Acton was established as an independent community in 1735, and the people of Anton have been holding regularly documented town meetings since then.
In the years following its settlement, Acton was an agrarian community. Soon enough, Acton shifted to the manufacture of barrels cementing its economic status with gristmills and sawmills. One of Acton's significant exports at the time was woolen cloths. The Faulkner Mills in Acton was one of the genuinely large-scale woven cloth manufacturing industries in the country. Some parts of the original Faulkner Mills still exists. During the industrial revolution, Acton was an industrial powerhouse with three gristmills, four sawmills, and a powder mill.
Acton is blessed with a high number of natural attractions in the form of parks, conservation areas, and hills. The Acton Arboretum is one of Acton's top attractions. Spanning a whopping 53 acres of natural wood, the Acton Arboretum is home to meadows, apple orchards, and ponds. It also comprises a beautiful wildflower garden together with a rhododendron garden. Visitors can visit the Great Hill which also has a pond and quite a number of fields.
Visitors to Acton flock in droves to the Wills Hole Conservation Area and Town Forest. The 73-acre property has a bog and an inactive quarry. Arts lovers are also welcome to visit the Discovery museums which have exhibits for younger and older children. The location of the art facility is guarded by Bessie, Acton's famous dinosaur statue. Bessie also acts as a mascot for the museums.
History enthusiasts can visit the Hosmer House which is a house from the revolutionary era. Purchased, maintained, and opened by Acton's Historical Society on select days, it is an excellent spot to revel in the beauty of old architecture.
Acton's town center is a hub of activities. It is home to the Acton monument which is Captain Isaac Davis' resting place. The stone upon which Captain Davis fell is also located in the town center.
Actor and comedian Steve Carell spent most of his childhood years in Acton. He is known for roles in huge movies such as 'Evan Almighty,' 'The Legend of Ron Burgundy' and 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin'. Retired professional ice hockey player Thomas Barrasso was born in Acton. Thomas Barrasso was a goaltender in the NHL for eighteen seasons. Barrasso was the youngest recipient of the NHL's Vezina Trophy.