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Home Security in Lynn, MA


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

Population: 90,788
Number of Households 33,122
County: Essex
ZIP Codes: 01901, 01902, 01904, 01905, 01906, 01907

Lynn Business and Home Security Facts

The rate at which crime occurs in Lynn is higher than the average for all the communities and towns of all sizes in the US. Crimes occur at the rate of 28 for every one thousand residents in Lynn and the likelihood that a person will be the victim of a crime (violent or property crime) in Lynn is 1 out of 35.

Compared to the cities and towns in Massachusetts, the crime rate in Lynn is higher than 94% of the other towns and cities in the State. Relative to similar sized towns and cities in the US, the crime rate in Lynn is around the average for all the communities that have a similar size to it in the US.

The rate at which violent crimes occur in Lynn is one of the highest for all communities and cities of all sizes in the US. These violent crimes include rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. The chance of becoming a victim of any such violent crimes in Lynn is 1 out of 130 (0.8%).

The rate at which property crimes occur in Lynn is 21 property crimes for every one thousand inhabitants. As a result, Lynn is a place where a person has an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime than in other US towns and communities of all population sizes. A person is likely to become a victim of motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary in Lynn at a rate of 1 in 48.

History of Lynn

The area that is now known as Lynn used to be inhabited by the Naumkeag people before European colonists arrived. The people from England settled in Lynn some years after the first successful English colony in North America (Virginia) was established (1607) and Mayflower arrived in Plymouth (1620).

The Lynn area was first settled by Edmund Ingalls in 1629 and John Tarbox in 1631. The area that encompasses Lynn was initially incorporated as Saugus in 1631. When more settlers arrived in Lynn, more independent towns were formed, such as Reading (1644), Lynnfield (1782), Saugus (1815), Swampscott (1852) and Nahant (1853). Lynn was incorporated as a city in 1850.

Lynn became an early center of industry such as shoe-making and tannery in 1635. The shoe-making industry in Lynn led to the development of the city in the early 1800s. Railroad came to Lynn in the early 1800s and by 1816, a mail stagecoach was already operating through the town of Lynn. Two decades later, twenty-three stage coaches were operating from Lynn to Boston daily.

Later in the 19th century (1883), some of the shoe manufacturers in Lynn came together to invest in the electric industry and series of mergers led to the formation of General Electric in 1892, an electricity company that had its two original plants in Lynn and Schenectady.

Interesting Facts About Lynn

  • The name of the city was taken from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, England as a memorial to Samuel Whiting.
    The first telegraph service station in Lynn was built in 1858, but telegraphy wires already passed through Lynn eleven years earlier.
  • The legacy of the city of Lynn as a historical shoe-making town is reflected in its seal which has a colonial boot.
  • The boots that were worn by the Continental Army soldiers during the Revolutionary War were made by the shoe-making industries in Lynn.
  • Lynn used to be known as the City of Sin because it had a historical reputation for vice and crime. That has since changed and the city is now known for its historic architecture, contemporary public art, public parks and open spaces, and loft-style apartments.
  • Notable parks and destinations in Lynn include the oceanfront Lynn Shore Reservation, Lynn Woods Reservation, High Rock Tower Reservation, Lynn Heritage State Park, Essex Coastal Scenic Byway and Diamond Historic District.
  • One of the earliest labor strikes in the US took place in Lynn in February 1860 when the shoemakers in the town marched through the streets protesting reduced wages. The action is known as the New England Shoemakers Strike of 1860.
  • Lynn was the world-leader in shoe making at the beginning of the 20th century when 234 factories in the town produced more than one million pairs of shoes daily. However, the last shoe factory closed in 1981.

Notable Residents

Frederick Douglass, the popular American abolitionist, writer, and statesman moved to Lynn with his family in 1841 and lived there for a long time.

Ralph Merry, the founder of Magog, Quebec, was born in 1753 in Lynn.

Ruth Law Oliver, a pioneer American aviator in the 1910s, was born in Lynn in May 1887. She received her pilot’s license is 1912.

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