From the office of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO
Crime in Maine decreased by -6.1% in 2020, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety. This is the ninth straight year that crime has fallen in Maine for a total decline over the past nine years of -62.7%. Crime fell by -6.6 in 2019, -9.3 in 2018, -8.2% in 2017, -8.7% in 2016, -7.1% in 2015, -13% in 2014, – 8.3% in 2013 and -1.5% in 2012.
The 17,347 crimes reported in 2020 represents a crime rate of 14 offenses per 1,000 residents in Maine. This number compares to the national crime rate of 25 offenses per 1,000 population in 2019.
The total number of adults and minors summoned or summoned by police decreased in 2020. Adult arrests decreased by -15.9% in 2020 with 30,615 arrests reported and 2019 reporting 36,412 arrests/summons for the year. Minors also posted a drop of -32.1% in 2020 with 1,689 minors arrested or summoned compared to 2,491 arrests for 2019.
“Maine’s law enforcement professionals and our incredible community partners have enabled a ninth straight year of reduced crime and we sincerely thank you for your compassion and dedication to our residents,” said the Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Sauschuck. “Our complex world was made even more complicated with covid-related protocols and ongoing safety issues, but you selflessly showed up for work. This is just the latest example of your willingness to evolve as a profession and I look forward to strengthening our efforts to protect and serve,” Sauschuck said.
Overall, violent crime was down -4.9% for 2020.
Violent crime categories include homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
The crime rate for violent crimes in Maine continues to be one offense per 1,000 residents, compared to a national average of 4 per 1,000 residents.
Homicides remained the same for 2020, with 22 reported for 2020, also for 2019. Of the 22 homicides for 2020, 5 were related to domestic violence. Nine were related to domestic violence in 2019.
Flight reported a decrease of -11.4% with 171 incidents reported for 2020 and 193 incidents reported for 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year that robberies have decreased.
Aggravated assaults recorded a decrease of -3.1% with 790 incidents reported in 2020 compared to 815 incidents reported in 2019.
Grated incidents decreased by -4.9% with a total of 489 reported incidents in 2020 and 514 reported incidents in 2019, a decrease of 25 reported incidents for 2020.
“The number of rapes reported to law enforcement in 2020 indicates the significant trauma that many Mainers have experienced. And yet, according to the Muskie School Maine Crime Victimization Survey, we know that approximately 14,000 Mainers will experience this crime each year, indicating that the vast majority of survivors do not report to law enforcement. order – a fact that has been further influenced by this pandemic. said Elizabeth Ward Saxl, executive director of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Maine Sexual Assault Support Centers are always available to help victims, whether or not they choose to file a complaint with law enforcement.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, the statewide confidential hotline is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-871-7741 or visit www.mecasa. org.
Domestic violence assaults decreased by -6% in 2020, with 3,468 incidents reported for 2020, compared to 3,689 incidents reported in 2020.
“Unfortunately, the reduction in calls to law enforcement regarding domestic violence raises more concerns than hopes for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. There has not been a similar reduction in the number of victims of domestic violence contacting our 24-hour helplines,” said Francine Garland Stark, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. “Maine’s Domestic Violence Resource Centers have provided critical assistance to more than 11,000 adults in crisis in fiscal year 2021 and calls with survivors increased 13% over the prior year.The criminal justice system is an important part of our community’s safety net for adult and child victims of domestic violence, but it is essential that we recognize that effectively intervening and ending domestic violence requires a multi-level approach and community-wide in which those who believe they can treat their intimate partners and families horribly will be persuaded to change their beliefs and abusive behavior, and those they harm are supported to be safe.
If someone you know has experienced domestic violence, contact MCEDV at 1-866-834-HELP (4357) or visit www.mcedv.org
Property crimes saw an overall decline of -6.2% from 17,113 in 2019 to 16,046 in 2020, a reduction of 1,067. Property crime categories include burglary, larceny/ theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Burglary reports decreased by -13.7% in 2020 with 2,019 incidents reported in 2020 and 2,340 incidents reported in 2019.
Thefts recorded a -6.5% decrease in 2020 with 12,820 incidents reported in 2020 and 13,711 incidents reported in 2019.
Motor vehicle theft recorded an increase of +18.4% in 2020 with 857 vehicles reported stolen and 724 vehicles stolen in 2019.
The value of stolen property in 2020 was $18,426,296, $18,697,782 in 2019. Agencies recovered $5,839,052 of stolen property in 2020, a recovery rate of 31.7%.
Arson also showed an increase of +23.4% for 2020, with 179 incidents reported compared to 145 reported for 2019.
Arson property value recorded a decline of -14.5%, with the property value reported at $2,923,249 for 2020.