Crime in Portland, Maine

Portland's crime rate

There were 1,876 crimes reported in Portland, Maine in 2019, the most recent year crime data is available. Adjusted for population, the city’s annual crime rate is 2,823 incidents for every 100,000 people.

How does Portland compare?

Portland has a higher overall crime rate than the vast majority of U.S. cities. For comparison, the national total crime rate is 2,489 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Portland's overall crime rate is 107% higher than the overall crime rate in Maine. Statewide, there were 18,291 crimes reported in 2019, or 1,361 for every 100,000 people.

What types of crimes are being committed?

The FBI's crime rate includes seven crime categories: three property crimes -- larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and four violent crimes -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder.

Property crime

The vast majority of crimes in America are property crimes, accounting for 85% of total crimes in 2019. In Portland, however, property crimes account for about 91% of all offenses.

Property crime is more prevalent in Portland than it is nationwide. There were 1,715 property crimes in Portland in 2019, or 2,581 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate is 2,110 incidents per 100,000 people.

Larceny

Larceny is by far the most common type of property crime in the U.S. It is also the most commonly committed type of property crime in Portland. There were 1,460 larcenies reported in Portland in 2019, or 2,197 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the larceny rate is 1,550 per 100,000.

Burglary

There were 181 break-ins reported in Portland in 2019, or 272 for every 100,000 residents. For reference, there were 341 reported burglaries for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019.

Motor Vehicle Theft

Across the United States, the annual motor vehicle theft rate is 220 for every 100,000 people. In Portland, meanwhile, there were 74 motor vehicle thefts in 2019, or 111 for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime

Violent crime accounts for a relatively small share of crimes nationwide. These offenses, which are generally more egregious than property crimes, account for about 15% of the nearly 8.2 million offenses reported across the U.S. in 2019. In Portland, however, violent offenses account for a smaller 9% share of all reported crime.

At 242 incidents for every 100,000 people, the violent crime rate in Portland is below the national violent crime rate of 379 offenses per 100,000 people. Law enforcement in Portland reported a total of 161 violent crimes in 2019.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is by far the most common type of violent crime reported in the U.S. It is also the most commonly reported violent offense in Portland. There were 86 aggravated assaults reported in Portland in 2019, or 129 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, the rate is higher, standing at 250 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.

Robbery

Robbery is the second most common type of violent crime in America. There were 43 robberies reported in Portland in 2019, a rate of 65 robberies for every 100,000 residents. For comparison, the national robbery rate was 82 per 100,000 in 2019.

Rape

There were 29 rapes reported in Portland in 2019, or 44 for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, there were 139,815 rapes in 2019, a rate of 43 per 100,000 people.

Murder

There were 3 homicides committed in the city in 2019. Adjusted for population, the murder rate in Portland is 4.5 murders for every 100,000 people, lower than the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

Portland compared to other cities in Maine

Portland has a higher crime rate than the vast majority of all comparable cities in Maine. To be considered comparable, a city must have a complete 2019 FBI crime report and population of 5,000 or more.

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