Augusta, Maine

Maine crime rate jumped 5 percent in 2011


Public safety officials say Maine’s crime rate rose by more than 5 percent last year, the largest increase since 1975. Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said Tuesday that every crime category experienced an increase in 2011 except for robberies, which showed a slight decline. Although Maine remains one of the safest states, Morris said the numbers are troubling. Morris said drug addiction is the number one reason for the spike, with addicts taking to crime to support their habits.

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