Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Falmouth, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Falmouth.
Number of Households: 14,138
ZIP Codes: 02536, 02540, 02541, 02543, 02556, 02565, 02574
Falmouth Business and Home Security Facts
The rate of occurrence of crime in Falmouth is considerably higher than the average obtainable across all communities of various sizes in the US. For every one thousand residents in Falmouth, there are 24 crimes. At this rate, though, Falmouth is not among the communities with the highest crime rates.
The chance that a person will be the victim of a property crime or violent crime in Falmouth is one out of 42 and so Falmouth is not part of the safest towns in the US. When compared with other communities, cities and towns in Massachusetts, the crime rate in Falmouth is higher than 88% of the other communities.
Comparing Falmouth with towns and cities with similar population size shows that the rate of crime is close to the average for such similarly-sized towns. This means that Falmouth is not more dangerous or safer than other communities with a similar size.
Violent crimes occur in Falmouth at a rate that is higher than most communities in the US, when all population sizes are considered. The probability that a person will be the victim of a violent crime in Falmouth is 0.4% (1 out of 242). That translates to four for every one thousand residents. Violent crimes considered here are armed robbery aggravated assault, rape, and murder.
The rate of occurrence of property crimes in Falmouth is 20 for every one thousand people, making the town have an above-national average property crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of the violent crimes is 2% (1 out of 50).
The town of Falmouth was first settled in 1660 by English colonists. Twenty-six years later, it was officially incorporated as the town of Falmouth. The settlement was named by Bartholomew Gosnold after the English town of Falmouth in Cornwall which was his hometown. The early settlers in Falmouth engaged in agricultural activities and other activities such as salt works, whaling and shipping.
The settlers quickly embraced sheep husbandry too when the Merino sheep was introduced and the activity became very popular. The sheep husbandry was further enhanced by the construction of water-powered mills that could process the wool from the sheep. By 1837, there were, on average, 50 sheep for every square mile in Falmouth.
The War of 1812 got to the southern parts of Falmouth when Falmouth Heights was bombarded by British warships. The British did not invade the Massachusetts beaches during the war.
In the late 1800s, the agricultural products of Falmouth expanded to cranberries and strawberries which were sold at the Boston market. Dairying was done on a large-scale in some regions of Falmouth in the early 1900s and it experienced considerable success. Highway construction, more homebuilding projects and the second World War had a significant role in the population increase in the town.
In 1965, a boat sail from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Falmouth, England took seventy-eight days and the journey was undertaken by Robert Manry.
The train came to Falmouth in the mid-19th century and around the same time, the first set of summer homes in the town were established. The railroad service connected Falmouth and other parts of Cape Cod to Boston.
The Otis Air National Guard Base, a crucial fort during World War II was located very close to Falmouth and contributed to the opening up of the town.
In the late 19th century, Highfield Hall was built by James Madison Beebe on the land he bought. The land was over 700 acres and most of it is now preserved as the Beebe Woods. Highfield Hall is now a museum.
There are seven historic districts in Falmouth and four of them are listed on the US National Register of Historic Places; North Falmouth Village, West Falmouth Village, Falmouth Green Village, and Waquoit.
There are ten individual sites in Falmouth that are also listed on the US National Register; Central Fire Station, Woods Hole School, Falmouth Pumping Station, Lawrence Academy, Nobska Light, Poor House and Methodist Cemetery, Crowell-Bourne Farm, Josiah Tobey House, Teaticket School, Elnathan Nye House.
Falmouth plays host to a vibrant theatre community, thanks to the Highfield Hall. Since 1969, the College Light Opera Company has performed at the hall in the town every summer.
Every year in December, Falmouth holds a Christmas parade along the Main Street in the downtown part of Falmouth.
Casey Affleck, the American actor and director that won the Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Actor in 2016 was born in Falmouth in August 1975.
Peter Abrahams, the award-winning American crime fiction writer lives in Falmouth. Some of his works have been nominated for, and won, Edgar Awards and Agatha Awards.
Sunita Pandya Williams, the American astronaut who has spent over 321 days in space was born to Indo-Slovenian parents who live in Falmouth.