Although Maine's crime rates crept up in recent years, it is still relatively safe compared to the rest of the country. Maine saw increases in all categories of crime except murder, in which there were two less in 2010 than 2009.
Maine had 122 violent crimes per 100,000 people, far below the national average of 403.6. The only category where they had a greater rate than the national average was in the category of forcible rape.
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Crime Rates Rising
While the crime rates in Maine are low, increases still worry its residents. Robbery continues to rise in Maine, seeing a 3 percent jump in 2010 from 2009. If early figures from 2012 are any indication, this number may continue to rise.
Pharmacy robberies in Maine have doubled their figures from 2011, hitting 45 on October 9. 2008 saw only two drug store robberies in Maine, with the number growing steadily since. Maine residents rob pharmacies because of addiction to prescription pills and to sell the drugs, with oxycodone being the most sought-after.
A huge deterrent from committing crimes like these is that the vast majority of offenders are caught, 82 percent according to the Maine Public Safety Commissioner. A Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force has also been created to develop novel approaches to solving this problem. Maine is serious about its crime prevention.
Best And Worst
Of the top five safest cities in Maine, none had a population above 10,000 people. The safest city was Eliot, which had two violent crimes and no murders. All cities, including Cumberland, Cape Elizabeth, Bar Harbor and South Berwick, were relatively similar, with few violent crimes, no murders, no robberies and few instances of assault or auto-theft.
South Berwick had a surprising number of instances of arson, five in total. The most dangerous city in Maine was Augusta, with 57 violent crimes. None of the top five most dangerous cities reported a murder, except the largest, Portland, with six. Portland has a population of 63,166, and was the second most dangerous city in Maine.