Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Boston, Massachusetts. As this is the company's main office, the city is our central hub for much of the northern half of the state. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Boston.
Number of Households: 252,699
ZIP Codes: 02108, 02109, 02110, 02111, 02113, 02114, 02115, 02116, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02121, 02122, 02124, 02125, 02126, 02127, 02128, 02129, 02130, 02131, 02132, 02134, 02135, 02136, 02151, 02152, 02163, 02199, 02203, 02210, 02215, 02467
In 1990 Boston saw the largest art heist in US history, when two thieves masquerading as police officers made off with $100 million worth of art that was being exhibited at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The art has never been recovered. While gobsmacking, this incident wasn’t exactly out of character for the historical city: Boston’s overall crime rate is 96% higher than other cities and towns in the USA.
This is no surprise considering the number of famous cases to emerge from here, such as the Boston Strangler who murdered thirteen women and terrorized the whole city in the 1960s, or James Whitey Bulger, head honcho of the famous Winter Hill Gang, and resident on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for a staggering sixteen years.
Don’t be scared off, though: despite Boston’s high violent crime rate relative to Massachusetts in general, it is still safer than other cities of comparable size, such as New York.
When John Smith arrived in Massachusetts Bay in 1614, the Massachusetts tribe of the Algonquin nation numbered 100,000. Their presence did not dissuade the colonists, however. After exploring present-day Salem and Charleston and finding them too dry, a group of English Puritans settled in the place Smith had called “the Paradise of all these parts,” for its fresh supply of water. They christened it Boston after their hometown in Lincolnshire. Their leader John Winthrop declared that here, “we shall build a city on a hill.”
The Puritans’ “holy commonwealth” already had a name: Shawmut. This name, with the people who held it, soon died: 75% of Massachusetts natives were killed in a smallpox epidemic between 1616-18.
By the mid seventeenth century, Boston had attracted 15,000 settlers. Meanwhile 90% of Native Americans in the area had died of introduced diseases, with the ravages of King Philip’s War in 1675 wiping out many more.
Boston’s new residents had established a thriving city without much help from the British back home, and were growing increasingly resentful of the dues they were forced to pay. Boston rioted city wide in 1765 in reaction to the tyrannical Stamp Act.
The Act was soon repealed, but this small concession paled in the face of the British massacre of five colonists in 1770. Momentum continued to grow in 1773 when, to protest the British tax on colonial tea sales, a group of incensed Bostonians rowed out to cargo ships and dumped four tons of British tea into the harbor. Soon the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Lexington and Concord, and before long Boston was under siege.
We all know how that story ends, but Boston’s story did not end here, as a visit to the thriving city today will demonstrate.
One of Boston’s most popular attractions is the Freedom Trail, which begins in the oldest public park in the USA, Boston Common. This park was born in 1639 when William Blaxton, Massachusetts’ first permanent colonial resident, grew tired of his Puritan neighbors’ drab ways and headed for the hills, selling his log cabin and the land it occupied to his nagging neighbors. The Trail meanders on past various landmarks, including the Bell in Hand, where you can grab a refreshment at the USA’s oldest tavern, and ends in Bunker Hill, the site of one of the first battles in the Revolutionary War.
No visitor to Boston can miss a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, where the great Babe Ruth or “Bambino,” as he was known among teammates, began his career. See if you get goosebumps from “The Curse of the Bambino” which according to local legend was responsible for the Red Sox’s 86-year World Series losing streak following Ruth’s move to the Yankees. Or stand in the Lone Red Seat, where a befuddled Joseph Boucher had his straw hat knocked off in 1946 by the longest home run ever hit at Fenway –502 feet– by the legendary slugger Ted Williams.
Check out the floating Boston Tea Party Museum on Congress St. Bridge, where you can explore restored eighteenth-century tea ships, take in live reenactments and interactive exhibits, and even dump tea overboard just like Boston’s original sons of liberty. Other museum highlights in and around the area include the JFK Presidential Museum and Library, the New England Pirate Museum, and Pioneer Village in nearby Salem, which is decked out with a replica colony, complete with a smithy, wigwam, and sawmill.
Julia Ward Howe, a nineteenth-century abolitionist, observed that “Boston is an oasis in the desert, a place where the larger proportion of people are loving, rational, and happy.” A visit to Salem’s Witch Museum, which chronicles the witch-craze that gripped the pioneer village in 1692, culminating in the execution of almost two dozen “witches”, seems to prove Miss Ward wrong. Be sure to pop into Judge Corwin’s preserved house, too, and learn about the man who sat on a court sentencing nineteen poor women to the gallows.
In Boston, you don’t have to look far to spot the sites of scenes from celebrated American lives. Boston’s city center is bursting with monuments commemorating historical moments in the careers of some of its most famous residents, like the Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams. You can visit Bowdoin
Street, where JFK kept an apartment that was still listed as his address on the driver’s license recovered from his suit after his assassination.
Or stroll through the Omni Parker House Hotel at the foot of Beacon Hill, where a 6-year-old JFK made his first public speech, at a senior Kennedy’s birthday party.
Actors like Uma Thurman, Mark Wahlberg, and Leonard Nimoy all call Boston home, as did Theodore Seuss Geissel, otherwise known as Dr Seuss. To explore the life and times of another writer, visit Louisa May Alcott’s home in nearby Concord, and explore the town on which she based her classic novel, Little Women.