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Residential & Business Security Systems in Fall River, MA


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

Population: 88,811
Number of Households 38,258
County: Bristol
ZIP Codes: 02720, 02721, 02723, 02724, 02747, 02790

Fall River Business and Home Security Facts

The rate of occurrence of crime in Fall River is higher than the average for all the communities and towns of all sizes in the US. The rate is 30 crimes for every one thousand residents in the town which places the chance of a person living in the town at a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of a crime.

When compared with other towns and cities in Massachusetts, the crime rate in Fall River is higher than 95% of the towns and cities of all sizes in the state. Besides, Fall River is listed on the top 100 most dangerous cities and towns to live in the US. However, when compared with towns and cities that have a similar size to Fall River, the crime rate in Fall River is near average for similar sized towns in the US.

Violent crimes in Fall River occur at a rate that is among the highest in the US for all communities of all sizes. The violent crimes include rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. These crimes occur at a rate of 1 crime for every 92 people in the town.

The rate at which property crimes occur in Fall River is 19 for every one thousand inhabitants which makes Fall River a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime in the US, when compared with other communities of all sizes. The likelihood that a person in Fall River will become the victim of a property crime such as motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny or burglary in Fall River is 1 out of 53.

History of Fall River

When Plymouth Colony was established in 1620, the area that became Fall River was inhabited by the people of the Pokanoket Wampanoag tribe. The area was first settled in 1670 and a few years after the merger of Massachusetts Bay Colony with Plymouth Colony, the area that is present-day Fall River was incorporated as the town of Tiverton in 1694.

The area was established on the Quequechan River and in 1703, a hero of King Philip’s War, Benjamin Church, built a saw mill, fulling mill, and grist mill on the Quequechan River.

Eleven years later, Church sold his land and the water rights to Richard Borden and Joseph Borden of Tiverton. The transaction proved extremely valuable a century later as it helped establish the Borden family as the principal developers of the textile industry in Fall River.
For most of the 18th century, the inhabitants of Fall River were farmers. Fall River was incorporated as a town in 1803 and in 1804, the name of the town was changed to Troy. The town remained known as Troy for three decades after which the name was officially changed back to Fall River in 1834.

Industrialization in Fall River was promoted by the development of the textile industry in the late 18th century to 19th century and the exploitation of the Quequechan River as a tidewater in New England. By 1868, Fall River was already the leading textile manufacturing city in the US.

Interesting Facts About Fall River

  • The name Fall River derives from the Quequechan River which flows through the city. The word Quequechan is of Wampanoag origin and means Falling River/Water or Leaping Water.
  • In July 1843, a great fire, the first of its kind in Fall River, destroyed parts of the town including the town center and the Atheneum which housed the Skeleton of Armor.
  • The Battle of Freetown was fought in Fall River in 1778 during the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783. The militia of Fall River put up a stronger defense than the British force that raided the town.
  • The city of Fall River became famous in the 1800s as the leading textile manufacturing city in the entire US, although that has now changed.
  • The official motto of Fall River is We’ll Try. It was adopted after the Great Fire of 1843.
  • The nickname of the city is “The Scholarship City” because the Dollars for Scholars scheme was instituted in the city in 1958 by Dr. Irving Fradkin.
  • Fall River is known for having the largest collection of World War II naval vessels, the Battleship Cove and the USS Massachusetts.
  • Fall River is the only city in the US to have its city hall situated over an interstate highway.

Notable Residents

The American political commentator and journalist, Eugene Joseph Dionne Jr., was raised in Fall River. He is a columnist for The Washington Post.

David Glendenning Cogan, the American Ophthalmologist that won the Warren Prize (1944), Proctor Award (1954), Mackenzie Medal (1968) and many other awards for his contribution to Medicine was born in Fall River in February 1908.

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