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Maine Crime Statistics

This page contains crime rates for Maine. You can look through the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime data over time, and see how Maine compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for Maine, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 340,559 total crimes reported in Maine (14,529 of them violent). Of the 34,056 crimes that take place per year in Maine, close to 50% transpire less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Maine every 15 minutes. This includes 202 murders, 3,362 rapes, and just about two hundred and fifty-nine thousand thefts (including 13,998 car thefts).

Crime Trends

In the course of the most recent 10 years, crime data were available in Maine for all 10 years. Throughout that period, reported crime in Maine has been reduced by 6%. Throughout that same period of time, violent crime climbed by 9%. By and large, the crime data indicate a general improvement in crime over the last 10 years in Maine. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to thirty-three thousand for Maine in 2009.

Crime Trends in Maine (1999-2008)

Please take note that these graphs show reported crime rates and some sudden changes in crime data are the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like Maine (1999-2008)

You are discouraged against over-analyzing ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or disparities in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual table bars to see crime rates in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Maine law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The FBI has noted the following deviations from their data quality guidelines:

  • Limited data for 1999 were available for Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, and New Hampshire; therefore, it was necessary that their crime counts be estimated. See Offense Estimation, Appendix I, for details.
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