Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Braintree, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Braintree.
Number of Households: 32,229
ZIP Codes: 02143, 02144, 02145
The town of Braintree has a crime rate (20 out of every one thousand residents) that is considerably higher than the average across US communities of all population sizes. When compared with other communities however, it is still quite less than some. In comparison with communities of a similar size, the crime rate in Braintree is around the average value obtainable for the similar-sized towns; not more dangerous and not safer.
The chance that a person will be the victim of a property crime or violent crime in Braintree is 1 out of 49 (2%). The crime rate of Braintree is higher than in 83% of the cities and towns in the US.
The violent crime rate in Braintree is at a higher rate than would be found in most communities and towns in the US, regardless of the size of the town’s population. The probability that a person will be a victim of a violent crime in Braintree is 1 out 414 (0.2%), equivalent to 2 for every one thousand residents.
In terms of the rate of occurrence of property crimes in Braintree, the figure is 18 property crimes for every one thousand inhabitants. As a result, there is an above average chance of becoming the victim of a property crime in Braintree when compared with other communities of all population sizes in the US. One person out of every 56 residents is likely to be a victim of a property crime.
Braintree, located in the eastern part of Norfolk County, was first settled in 1625 and colonized a decade later. However, in 1640, the town was incorporated by act of the General Court. During a town meeting in May 1941, one of the first things agreed upon was the construction of a mill.
The majority of settlers in Braintree were farmers and by 1666, virtually all the land that belonged to Braintree was already cultivated by the farmers that settled on the land.
The name of the town derives from the English town of Braintree. At first, Braintree was part of Suffolk County, but it became part of Norfolk County when Norfolk County was formed in 1793.
Braintree initially consisted of three towns namely; Quincy (which got incorporated in 1792), Randolph (which got incorporated in 1793), and Holbrook (which got incorporated in 1872). The separation of the three towns from Braintree gave rise to the current boundaries of the town.
During another town meeting in 1865, the citizens of Braintree decided to erect a memorial statue in honor of Braintree soldiers who had sacrificed their lives to defend the Union.
Braintree is the birthplace of several notable US politicians; at least two of the past US Presidents were born in Braintree. John Adams, the first vice president and second president of the US, and John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the US, were born in Braintree in March 1797 and March 1825 respectively.
The 1920 murders that gave rise to the well-known trial of Sacco and Vanzetti took place in Braintree.
The citizens of Braintree, in January 2008, decided to have their form of government changed from a representative town meeting type to mayor-council government type. As a result, under the law of Massachusetts, Braintree is considered a city.
The Blue Hills Reservation in Braintree is a destination for both locals and tourists. Mountain bikers and hikers love the park. Activities such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing (in winter), rock climbing, horseback riding and downhill skiing also take place in the reservation during favorable periods (depending on the weather conditions). The reservation was founded in 1893.
The oldest continuous weather recording station in the US is located in the Blue Hills Reservation. The weather station, called the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, was founded in 1885.
A historic building in Braintree, constructed in 1720, is the General Sylvanus Thayer House, commonly referred to as the Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace. The two and one-half story wooden house is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and open to guests and tourists throughout the year.
Besides the two US presidents that were born in Braintree, John Hancock, the man who signed the US Declaration of Independence was born in Braintree. Hancock was also the 4th President of the Continental Congress, two-time governor of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, statesman, and diplomat.
Thomas A. Watson, the co-inventor of the telephone, and assistant to Graham Bell, retired in Braintree.
Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer, the “Father of West Point” and superintendent of the US Military Academy was born in Braintree in 1785.
Amy Bishop Anderson, the woman who shot and killed her brother in 1986 and perpetrated the University of Alabama in Huntsville shooting in 2010, grew up in Braintree.