From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO
In keeping with the Maine Division of Public Security, crime in Maine decreased by -6.1% throughout 2020. That is the ninth 12 months in a row that crime has declined in Maine for an total decline of -62.7% in the course of the previous 9 years. Crime dropped 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 recorded in 2020 signify against the law price of 14 crimes per 1,000 folks in Maine. This quantity compares to the nationwide crime price of 25 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants for 2019.
There was a lower within the complete variety of adults and juveniles referred to as or cited by the police for 2020. Grownup arrests decreased by -15.9% in 2020, with 30,615 arrests reported and 36,412 arrests/summons reported for the 12 months in 2019. 2020 noticed a lower of -32.1% in juveniles, with 1,689 juveniles arrested or summoned in comparison with 2,491 arrests for 2019.
“Maine’s regulation enforcement professionals and our wonderful neighborhood companions have delivered a ninth consecutive 12 months of crime discount and we actually thanks in your compassion and dedication to our residents,” mentioned Michael Sausak, Commissioner of Public Security. “Our advanced world was extra sophisticated with ongoing COVID associated protocols and security issues, however you selflessly reported for responsibility. That is the newest instance of your need to develop as a occupation and I look ahead to additional enhancing my efforts in protection and repair,” mentioned Soushak.
General violent crimes noticed a lower of -4.9% for 2020.
Violent crime classes embody homicide, rape, theft and grievous assault.
The crime price for violent crime in Maine is one crime per 1,000 inhabitants, in comparison with the nationwide common of 4 per 1,000 inhabitants.
murders Similar for 2020, 22 have been reported for 2020, similar for 2019. Of the 22 murders for 2020, 5 have been associated to home violence. 9 in 2019 have been associated to home violence.
Theft A lower of -11.4% was registered with 171 incidents reported for 2020 and 193 incidents reported for 2019. That is the fifth 12 months in a row that thefts have come down.
critical assault A lower of -3.1% was registered in 2020 with 790 incidents, whereas 815 incidents have been registered in 2019.
rape With a complete of 489 incidents reported in 2020 and 514 incidents reported in 2019, a lower of -4.9%, a lower of 25 incidents was reported for 2020.
“The variety of rapes reported to regulation enforcement in 2020 factors to the numerous trauma that many menaces have endured. And but, based on the Muskie College’s Maine Crime Victimization Survey, we all know that an estimated 14,000 Mainers will expertise this crime annually, indicating that almost all of survivors aren’t reporting it to regulation enforcement—a incontrovertible fact that’s an element on this. additional affected by the pandemic. Elizabeth Ward Saxel, government director of the Maine Coalition In opposition to Sexual Harassment.
Maine’s Sexual Assault Assist Facilities are all the time out there to help victims, whether or not or not they want to report back to regulation enforcement.
For those who or somebody you realize has skilled sexual violence, the statewide confidential helpline is on the market 24-hours at 1-800-871-7741 or go to www.mecasa.org.
Home violence assaults decreased by -6% in 2020, with 3,689 incidents reported in 2020 as in comparison with 3,468 incidents in 2020.
“Sadly, the discount in calls to regulation enforcement concerning home violence raises extra issues than the Maine Coalition to Finish Home Violence hopes. The variety of home violence victims reaching our 24-hour helpline There was no corresponding discount in violence,” mentioned Francine Garland Stark, government director of the Maine Coalition to Finish Home Violence. “Maine’s Home Violence Useful resource Facilities offered important help to greater than 11,000 adults in disaster in fiscal 12 months 2021 and calls with survivors have been up 13% from the earlier 12 months. The felony justice system is a crucial part of our neighborhood’s protection mechanisms for adults and kids who’re victims of home violence, however it’s important that we acknowledge that there’s a multi-layered and community-based strategy to successfully intervene and finish home violence. Requires a complete strategy through which individuals who consider they will deal with their intimate companions and households will probably be badly satisfied to vary their beliefs and abusive habits, and that the hurt they trigger They’re supported to remain secure and safe.”
If somebody you realize has skilled home violence, contact MCEDV at 1-866-834-HELP (4357) or go to www.mcedv.org.
Property crime noticed an total lower of -6.2%, falling from 17,113 in 2019 to 16,046, 1,067 in 2020. Property crime classes embody housebreaking, theft/theft, motorcar theft, and arson.
Housebreaking experiences decreased by -13.7% in 2020, with 2,019 incidents reported in 2020 and a pair of,340 incidents in 2019.
A -6.5% discount in larceny-theft was reported in 2020 with 12,820 incidents reported in 2020 and 13,711 incidents in 2019.
Motorcar theft registered a development of +18.4% in 2020, with 857 automobiles stolen and 724 automobiles stolen in 2019.
The worth of property stolen throughout 2020 was reported to be $18,426,296, with 2019 reporting $18,697,782. Businesses recovered $5,839,052 in stolen property in 2020 for a restoration price of 31.7%.
Arson incidents additionally noticed a rise of +23.4% for 2020, with 179 incidents being reported, in comparison with 145 reported for 2019.
The worth of the arson property recorded a lower of -14.5%, whereas the worth of the property was reported to be $2,923,249 for 2020.