Maine recently released its annual report on crime in the state for 2016 which had good news. According the Sun Journal, crime in Maine dropped 9 percent in 2016 from 2015. Over the past five years, crime is down 39 percent statewide. However some towns in Maine aren't seeing the same drops as others.

The crime rate for a town in Maine is calculated by dividing the number of reported crimes by the total population and then multiplying the result by 1000. That gives you the number of crimes per 1000 people. So while some towns may have more crimes, they may also have a larger population, resulting in their rate of crimes per 1000 people being lower.

Here is list of the 10 Maine towns or cities with the highest crime rates in 2016.

  1. Mexico 68.34
  2. Skowhegan 47.20
  3. Bangor 43.89
  4. Rumford 43.39
  5. Waterville 43.13
  6. Augusta 41.37
  7. Biddeford 38.81
  8. Sanford 36.96
  9. Calais 35.90
  10. Auburn 34.33

Mexico is significantly higher than the others on the list and the Mexico Police Chief blames it on drugs.

Here the rundown of number of crimes reported in the state based on category for 2016:

Murder - 18
Rape - 383
Robbery - 266
Aggravated Assault - 1002
Burglary - 3991
Larceny - 17,104
Motor Vehicle Theft - 775
Arson - 209

Want to find out the data on crime in your town in 2016? Hit link below to view a list of each town by county.


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