BANGOR – A recent newspaper article touts a dramatic drop in violent crime in the city of Lewiston. That same article names Bangor, per capita, as having the highest crime rate in the state.
“We’ve had no increase in violent crime in the last 3 years.” Sgt. Tim Cotton, Bangor Police Department
From 2010-to 2014 Bangor’s violent crime rate essentially remained stagnant. The four crimes considered violent by the FBI are murder, sexual assault, aggravated assault and robbery. The agency’s index, used across the country, also includes the nonviolent crimes of larceny, burglary, theft and arson.
Bangor’s crime rate in 2014 was 53 for every one-thousand residents, which puts it atop the states rankings.
“I think dangerous might be an exaggeration.” R. Christopher Almy, Penobscot County District Attorney
“Bangor is not an unsafe city and if you interview the people who live here they will tell you that.” Sgt. Tim Cotton, Bangor Police Department
Do you feel safe living here? “Yes i do.” Ben Bamerick, Area resident
In 2014 Lewiston had 107 “violent” crimes, compared to 55 in Bangor, but those nonviolent offenses drive Bangor’s numbers up. Bangor is a commuter city with a daytime population over 100,000, including hundreds of businesses. Almy points to the people coming to the area as a driving factor in the overall crime rate.
“I think that certainly drugs play a role in it, not to disparage drug treatment but you know when you have a lot of methodone clinics.” R. Christopher Almy, Penobscot County District Attorney “That is sort of a magnet for certain types of people. And i think that there are three in this area and that is important, treatment is important, but at the same time we do need to realize that drug treatment centers are a magnet for certain types of people. But the courts are going to have to deal with this one way or the other either in treatment or in prosecution.”