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Home Security in Narragansett, RI

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

Population: 15,504
County: Washington
ZIP Codes: 02874, 02879, 02882

Narragansett Crime Statistics

The rate of occurrence of crime (violent crime and property crime combined) in Narragansett is 9 crimes for every one thousand residents. This crime rate is lower than 70% of the communities and towns of all sizes in the US. The likelihood of becoming the victim of crime in the town is 1 in 106.

When compared to other towns and cities in Rhode Island, the crime rate in Narragansett is lower than about 64% of the towns and cities in the state. In relation to communities and towns of a similar size in the US, the crime rate in Narragansett is lower than the average for such comparably sized towns.

The rate of occurrence of violent crime in Narragansett is considerably below the average for all the communities and towns of all population sizes in the US. These violent crimes include assault, rape, murder and armed robbery. They occur less often in Narragansett than in most parts of the US. The likelihood of becoming a victim of a violent crime in the town is 1 in 1419, which translates to a violent crime rate of 1 for every one thousand residents.

The property crime rate in Narragansett is below the average for all the towns and cities in the US. Consequently, a person is less likely to become the victim of a property crime like arson, motor vehicle theft, burglary or larceny in Narragansett than in most parts of the US. The chance of becoming a victim of property crime in Narragansett is 1 in 115.

History of Narragansett

The town of Narragansett is namesake of the Narragansett Native American tribe. The meaning of the word is people of the small point. The town site was part of the Narragansett County when the English colonists arrived in the area.

The name of the town was chosen so as to distinguish itself from other towns that were named after English towns. Narragansett was incorporated as a town in 1901.

The early residents of the area were primarily involved in grazing, farming and fishing activities. The population of the town increased only slowly in the 17th and 18th century. As industrialization came to the town, mills were built and shipbuilding activities commenced. Large plantations also emerged in the town.

As Narragansett gained reputation for its products (cheese, sheep, horses and grain), commercial activities expanded in the town. Narragansett became popular as a tourist destination in the 19th century.

Although the American Civil War precluded the growth of tourism in the town, tourists returned to the town after the end of the war.

The construction of the Narragansett Pier Railroad in 1876 aided the expansion of the town as a resort center.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the introduction of the automobile further enhanced Narragansett’s status as a tourist destination.

On September 12, 1990, the Narragansett Pier burned to the ground, in what is referred to as darkest day in the history of the Pier. A new Narragansett Pier Casino was erected in 1905.

Interesting Facts About Narragansett

  • The Narragansett Town Beach is a public recreation area in the town where activities such as picnicking, ocean swimming, surfing and other beach activities take place. The beach and dunes are an important wildlife habitat for some species of shorebirds. The park in the town beach was established in March 1939.
  • Scarborough State Beach is a public recreation area in Narragansett that occupies 60 acres and offers saltwater bathing, boardwalk, picnicking and an observation tower. The beach was developed with a pavilion in 1937.
  • Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett is a public recreation area that covers 27 acres and offers ocean swimming, picnicking activities, and a playground. The beach was established in 1929.
  • Ocean swimming and saltwater fishing activities are offered at the Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett. The beach, which was established in 1954 as Galilee State Beach, had its name changed in 1990.
  • The Gladstone Springhouse and Bottling Plant in Narragansett is a historic water bottling plant that dates back to as early as the late 1800s. The springhouse was built in 1899 while the bottling plant dates back to 1911. The site was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in May 1984.
  • The Point Judith Light on the west side on Narragansett Bay was constructed in 1810 and first lit in 1857. The lighthouse was automated in 1954. Point Judith Light was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in March 1988.

Notable Residents

Peter Boss, a native of Narragansett, formerly did race car driving and raced in the Euro Formula 3000, European Le Mans Series, barber Dodge Pro Series, etc. He retired in 2005.

Ted Leo, the American singer and songwriter, lives in Narragansett.

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