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Penobscot County, Maine Crime Statistics

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

Total Crime

Between 2000 and 2008 there were 32,191 total crimes reported in Penobscot County, Maine (805 of them violent). Of the 3,577 crimes that happen every year in Penobscot County, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Penobscot County, Maine every 2 hours. This includes 7 murders, 113 rapes, and greater than twenty-six thousand thefts (including 998 auto thefts).

Total Crime in Penobscot County, Maine (2000-2008)

Please note that these figures do not include crime statistics for 1999, as there were no data available for that year.

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in Penobscot County, Maine for 9 years. During that time frame, reported crime in Penobscot County has grown by 52%. During that same interval, violent crime grew by 40%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a dramatic growth in crime over the last 9 years in Penobscot County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit almost five thousand for Penobscot County, Maine in 2009.

Crime Trends in Penobscot County, Maine (2000-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Penobscot County, Maine (2000-2008)

Users are warned against reading into ranking data to decide 'how dangerous' a given location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or variations in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual chart bars to see crime numbers in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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

  • In 2004, because of changes in reporting practices, annexations, and/or incomplete data, figures are not comparable to previous years' data.
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