The Press Herald had an overlooked (by me anyway) story on Tuesday about crime statistics on a town-by-town basis.
The discouraging news: Portland and South Portland are the only cities or towns in Cumberland County with a higher crime rate than Westbrook in 2009. Portland's crime rate (which is calculated by dividing the town's estimated population by the number of crimes that take place within that town) was 49.07%, South Portland's was 47.21%, and Westbrook's was 40.59%. Nevertheless, there is some encouraging news.
The number of crimes committed in Westbrook dropped about 11% in the last year, from 758 in 2008 to 673 in 2009. Moreover, that reduction in the number of crimes accounted for the largest fall in the crime rate in Cumberland County, from 2008 to 2009.
The entire 2009 report, along with reports dating back to 1995, can be read here.
- John C.L. Morgan