Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Brockton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Brockton.
Number of Households: 32,856
ZIP Codes: 02301, 02302, 02303, 02304, 02305
In 2016, a study on crime rates across the U.S. concluded that Brockton is among the ten most dangerous cities nationwide. The same study also said that Brockton is the second most dangerous city in Massachusetts.
According to NeighborhoodScout.com, a website dedicated to neighborhood analytics, a person has a 1 in 265 chance of becoming the victim of violent crime in Massachusetts at large. In Brockton, that proportion is 1 in 93. Property crime is also high in Brockton, with Brockton having a 54% higher property crime rate than the average in Massachusetts, and a rate that’s 2% higher than the national average. What’s even more striking is that Brockton has a general crime rate that’s 97% higher than the rest of the state and 23% above the national average.
In recent years, Brockton has experienced a small decrease in rate of murders, burglaries, and robberies. In 2006, approximately 673 people per 100,000 residents experienced burglaries, while by 2016, that number dropped to 512 people per 100,000. Despite the downward trend in reported burglary incidents, burglary incidents in Brockton are still high compared to the national average.
In 1649, that lands that Brockton now sits on were sold by members of the Wampanoag tribe to Myles Standish, the military advisor for the Plymouth Colony. These lands became part of the Plymouth Colony and the English initially named the area Bridgewater. The name was later changed to Brockton after Isaac Brock, a British commanding general who commanded British troops in present-day Ontario, Canada. Brockton became an official city in 1881.
Just a few years after Brockton was declared an official city, it became the first place in the world to have a three-wire underground electrical system – courtesy of Thomas Edison. Given that Brockton was already a pioneer in this regard, it makes sense that Brockton is the first city in the U.S. to have an electrically-operated fire station, electric street lighting, and electric-powered streetcars. In other firsts, Brockton also hosted the first department store Santa Claus in 1890 when James Edgar of Edgar’s Department Store suited up as St. Nicholas.
Brockton was once America’s largest producer of shoes, earning the city the nickname “Shoe City.” The city had a large shoe and leather products industry from the American Civil War era up until the latter half of 20th century. In 1919, there was a recorded 39 shoe manufacturers in the city with nearly 13,000 employees.
Brockton has a vibrant music scene in the summer. The city typically hosts the annual Brockton Summer Concert Series throughout July, and organizes the Downtown Brockton Arts and Music Festival at the end of August. Brockton is also home to the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, which was once described by the Boston Globe as one of the region’s “classical jewels.” The orchestra performs five to six concerts each year in schools, churches, and museums throughout the city.
For visitors interested in a bit of the town’s unique history, the Brockton Edison Electric Illuminating Company Power Station may be worth visit. The station is a historic power plant in the city as it’s widely known as one of the earliest power plants ever built by Thomas Edison. Visitors who like arts and crafts may want to visit the Fuller Craft Museum, the only craft museum in New England. Founded in 1946, the museum contains craft-based art from all around the world.
Visitors wanting some fresh air should drop by D.W. Field Park and take a walk in a woodland landscape dominated by a chain of lakes and ponds. Have a picnic near one of the lakes or ponds, or go for a bike ride. If you have time, visit the park’s observation tower, which although is unfortunately only open one day a year during Towerfest in early October, is an iconic structure nonetheless.
Brockton has a rich history of immigration, and the city’s dining selection reflects this heritage. While there are a myriad of good Italian restaurants to choose from in Brockton, none have received quite the recognition Papa Gino’s has. Visitors who are curious about the restaurant that sparked a long string of internet jokes should pay a visit to its Montello Street location.
Brockton is sometimes referred to as the “City of Champions,” as two world famous boxers, Rocky Marciano and Marcin Hagler, are natives of Brockton. Rocky Marciano, whose birth name was Rocco Francis Marchegiano, held the world heavyweight title from 1952 to 1956 and is the only champion in boxing history to retire undefeated.
Another famous Brockton native is Shawn Fanning, the creator of file sharing platform Napster. Due to the soaring popularity of Napster at the turn of the century, Fanning was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 2000.