The Maine County With the Most Crimes Committed in 2021 Might Surprise You
Safest Cities in America
There’s no surprise that Maine is one of the safest states in the country. We are blessed to live somewhere with minimal crime and to live in areas where there’s no need for any heightened fear.
Of course, as with anywhere, crime does occur throughout our state and more so in populated areas. But, we are able to pride ourselves that last year Portland was ranked at No. 6 for safest cities in America.
Maine Crimes by County
With Portland ranked so well in regard to safety, do you have any guesses for which county in Maine had the most reported crimes in 2021?
For all statistics related to our state, Maine.gov does a great job laying things out in a simple way in order to understand what’s going on in Vacationland and to stay in the loop. It’s always helpful to have data you can trust from a valid source.
The State of Maine Department of Public Safety released a press release highlighting Maine crime rates by county, reporting out Incident-Based Reporting (IBR) that collects data related to 29 offense categories.
Before I let you know if your guess was right on which county had the highest crime rate, here are some quick data about Maine crime in general:
- Number of Statewide Crimes in Maine in 2021: 44,513
- Crimes Against Persons: 13,390
- Crimes Against Property: 26,290
- Crimes Against Society: 4,838
- Number of Violent Crimes: 1,511
- Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: 19 (victims)
- Negligent Manslaughter: 9
- Rape: 468
- Aggravated Assault: 852
- Robbery: 163
I will note that most violent crimes were committed at home and the age group with the highest crimes was those aged 25-34 years old. Most murders and non-negligent manslaughters were through the use of a firearm and most were due to an argument.
The county with the most crimes had a total of 7,986 crimes in 2021, as reported by Maine.gov.
What’s your guess?
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