Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for New Bedford, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to New Bedford.
ZIP Codes: 02740, 02741, 02742, 02744, 02745, 02746, 02747
New Bedford Crime Statistics
The rate of occurrence of crime in New Bedford is 39 crimes for every one thousand residents, which is higher than the average for all the communities of all sizes in the US. However, this rate is still not among the highest in the US. The chance of becoming a victim of crime in New Bedford is 1 in 25.
When compared with other communities and towns in the state of Massachusetts, the crime rate in New Bedford is higher than 98% of all the other communities. As a result, New Bedford is one of the most unsafe communities in Massachusetts. The crime rate in the city is also higher than the average for communities and cities of a similar size in the US.
The rate of occurrence of violent crime in New Bedford is one of the highest on the US for all communities of all sizes. The chance that a person will be the victim of a violent crime in New Bedford is one out of 116, translating to 0.9% probability of experiencing rape, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
The rate of occurrence of property crimes in New Bedford is 31 for every one thousand residents. As a result, in New Bedford, a person has an above average chance of being a victim of property crimes. The likelihood is 1 in 32. However, in the US, New Bedford has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle thefts (1 in 344).
The Wampanoag tribe were, before the 1600s, the only inhabitants of the lands in southeastern Massachusetts and the Acushnet River. Bartholomew Gosnold, who explored the Cape Cod area in 1602 arrived at the site that is present-day New Bedford but did not settle the area but returned to England with his crew.
Half a century later in 1652, New Bedford was first settled by Europeans. The English settlers in Plymouth Colony bought the land from the chief of the Wampanoag tribe. The land was then used by the settlers to build the town of Old Dartmouth which comprises present-day Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet and Westport.
New Bedford used to be known as Bedford Village and it separated from Old Dartmouth to become incorporated as a town in 1787 after the American Revolutionary War. The name of the town was suggested by some prominent residents in the community; the Russell Family.
The town of New Bedford officially became a city in 1847 and its first mayor was Abraham Hathaway Howland. At about the same time, the economy of New Bedford began to boom with the growth of the whaling industry due to the location of the town and its deep harbor. Many of the families in the city were involved in the whaling activities.
Albert Bierstadt, the famous American painter who painted scenes of the landscapes of American West grew up in New Bedford.
Merton Jennings Batchelder, a US Marine Corps brigadier general that served as the commanding officer of the 25th Marine Regiment, was born in New Bedford in March 1896. He received the Navy Cross and Bronze Star Medal.
George Neves Leighton, the US District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois was born in New Bedford in October 1912. He was in office between February 1986 and December 1987. The US Postal Service in New Bedford was renamed in his honor in 2005.