Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Westwood, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Westwood.
Number of Households: 5,325
ZIP Codes: 02090
Westwood’s annual violent crime rate is 1.37 per 1000 residents with the property crime rate at 10.88. Annually there are roughly 22 violent crimes and 175 property crimes. Overall Westwood is safer than 58% of US cities. The chances of being involved in a violent crime in Westwood are much lower compared to the rest of Massachusetts at 1 in 731.
Westwood is a small town of roughly 14,000 residents, thirty minutes south of Boston. The town began as a settlement of Dedham in 1640, and was later incorporated 200 years later in 1897. This split took several years in the making.
The register that describes the separation of Dedham and Westwood is still available to read which states “The formation of a separate town by the division of the Town of Dedham is not a question of recent or sudden growth; it has been discussed at different intervals for many years”. A final petition circulated to West Dedham residents which they quickly signed to be able to have the separation considered.
Several meetings and seven months later after the petition was signed, the new town was incorporated on April 3, 1897. This new town was originally planned to be incorporated a month early and named “Nahatan”, but a senator rejected this idea and delayed the process. After changing the name to “Westwood”, the bill was passed and a new town was born. While the Dedham Historical Register does not give a reason for the split, it’s speculated that it occurred because of the water rights to the Buckmaster Pond.
Westwood is still home to several well maintained houses and barns from the 18th century on a historic strip in the center of town. The 37 houses lining the streets of this district are still residential. Also in the district is the Westwood Town Hall and the Colburn School from 1874. The High Street Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places as of 2000.
Although it’s a very small village, Westwood has a mix of historic buildings alongside new developments like the University Station which is a recent fixture to the town. This area serves as an outdoor mall with restaurants, shopping, and condos. While in Westwood, there’s also the Hale Reservation to explore. This reservation sits on 1,137 acres with 20 miles of walking trails and four ponds and several bits of stone walls and foundations from the colonial days. The Hale Reservation is known for its youth summer camps and educational programs which operate year round.
Westwood is home to several major league athletes - such as former Boston Bruin Fern Flaman, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, and Milt Schmidt from the Boston Bruins. Leo Beranek also is from Westwood.
Beranek was an acoustic expert engineer, MIT professor, and co-founder of the research and development technology company, Bolt, Beranek and Newman Technologies. Additionally, Robert Steele was born in Westwood. Steele was a drum major for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and is buried in the Old Westwood Cemetery.