Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Milton, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Milton.
Number of Households: 9,056
ZIP Codes: 02126, 02136, 02186, 02187
Milton Business and Home Security Facts
Milton is one of the safest towns in Massachusetts, with just 0.33 annual violent crimes rating per every 1,000 residents. This is well below the 3.77 average for the state of Massachusetts. Out of this, murder is non-existent, while rape sits at just 0.04 and robbery at 0.11 per 1,000 people a year.
Being a prospering and prestigious suburb of Boston, it is understandable that property crime is higher but still nowhere near the average for Massachusetts. Burglary is over 70% lower than the average while theft and motor vehicle theft are a third of the average.
Milton, an affluent modern suburb seven miles south of Boston, was named in honor of Milton, Dorset, England, where most of the first settlers originated from. Spooned to the north and west by the Neponset River, and to the south by the Blue Hills, the area was home to a Native American tribe called the Neponset.
The first big wave of English settlers encountered disoriented and isolated group of people. The Neponset, whose language lacked written form, had lost most of their elders because of two major outbreaks of smallpox, a disease carried across the Atlantic by the settlers. Although mutually beneficial trade and friendly relationship developed and persisted for the next 20 years, the Neponset eventually moved further up the river, leaving their homeland behind.
With the influx of migrants from England in the aftermath of the English Civil War, what was part of the town of Dorchester began to be recognized as Milton.
By then, the first buds of local industry had taken hold with the establishment of Stoughton Grist Mill in 1634. Owing to its rich water resources and financial interest from Boston bigwigs, Milton's industry and commerce blossomed for the next two centuries. The first chocolate factory in New England was established in 1764, just at about the same time as Milton population underwent a rapid expansion due to the Boston-bound railways.
The revolution found Milton committed to a strong anti-British sentiment. It is perhaps of no surprise then that the Suffolk Resolves, used as a model for the Declaration of Independence, was signed in the town in 1774.
Industrious success for Milton continued throughout the 19th century. In 1801, one Josiah Bent established a major baking company, producing biscuits able to withstand a trans-Atlantic journey. Something Captain Robert Forbes took advantage of on his trade journeys to China and back. His family's house - a museum today and a testament for his success.
The natural beauty of the surrounding area and the peaceful style of living acts like an aphrodisiac to people of all walk of life but mostly to the rich. Governmental officials, businessmen, artists and popular sports figures call this town home.
The 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush is among the more popular people born in Milton.
Among the list of writers who have found inspiration in the skirts of the Blue Hills feature the names of T.S. Eliot, Mark Vonnegut and crime-fiction writer George V. Higgins. Sports-related people such as NHL players Keith Yandle, Jim Fahey and Mike Ryan find themselves neighbors to NBA's Dana Barros and NFL player Tim Bulman.
Interestingly, Milton's 19th century baker Josiah Bent made biscuits which emitted a cracking sound on baking which contributed to the emergence of the American term 'cracker'.