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Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleBangor/100k peopleMaine/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,602n/a (estimate)4,9941,3172,324
Violent crime52n/a (estimate)162103370
Vehicle theft33n/a102.970.9282.7
Property crime1,550n/a (estimate)4,8321,2141,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Bangor, ME

The Bangor crime rates are 114.9% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 52 violent crimes in Bangor (162 per 100,000 people), which is 56.2% lower than the national average and there were a total of 1550 property crimes (4832 per 100,000 residents) which is 147.2% higher than average.

Having a crime rate of 4994 per 100,000 residents, Bangor experiences a crime rate that is 114.87% higher when compared to the national average, leading to one of the highest overall crime rates in the nation. It's important to clarify that this doesn't imply the entire city is unsafe. Like any area, Bangor contains neighborhoods with varying safety levels and you can find areas that are notably safer than others, emphasizing the need for targeted crime prevention efforts and community engagement initiatives.

Bangor showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

With a property crime rate of 4832 crimes per 100,000 people, Bangor unfortunately has the distinction of being among the bottom 10% of all U.S. cities reporting crime. The likelihood of falling victim to property crime in Bangor is alarmingly high, estimated at 1 in 21, significantly surpassing the national average. This data emphasizes the city's pressing need for concerted efforts to address and reduce property crime, ensuring a safer environment for its residents.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Bangor?

What do the local residents think about crime in Bangor? Well, based on a recent survey of 30 people (conducted by AreaVibes), 70% of Bangor residents said that there was virtually no crime and that they felt safe walking at night. Another 30% of respondents said that there was too much crime in the area and they did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Bangor a Safe Place to Live?

Before you decide to relocate, it’s always good to ask yourself “Is Bangor a safe place to live?” Although the answer might not be that simple, as some areas are safer than others, getting a good feel for the overall rate of crime can definitely be helpful. Overall, the Bangor crime rate is 115% higher than the national average. If we break that down daily, that translates into 4.39 crimes per day - 0.14 violent crimes and 4.25 property crimes.

Has Crime in Bangor Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Bangor crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Bangor has increased by 5.8% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 18.8% and property crime has increased by 6.9%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Bangor

Limited employment opportunities or a prevalence of low-wage jobs can result in higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Regions where individuals grapple with joblessness or meager wages may exhibit greater vulnerability to an uptick in crime due to financial instability. While areas that have strong employment rates, often will see a reduction in overall crime. Bangor, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 2.7%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Bangor has a population density of 934.9 people per square mile, contrasting with the national average of 90.6 people per square mile. High population density cities are often large urban hubs teeming with diverse economic opportunities. Within these environments, income disparities can become pronounced, leading to higher poverty levels. This economic divide may contribute to an uptick in property crimes and, occasionally, violent crimes. In contrast, areas characterized by low population density typically exhibit lower Bangor crime rates.

Bangor has a ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents that differs from the national norm, with 2.72 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents, compared to 3.25 nationwide. Crime rates are profoundly influenced by the effectiveness of law enforcement and community policing endeavors. A resilient and cooperative partnership between law enforcement agencies and the community can serve as a deterrent to criminal activities, ultimately enhancing safety. The efficacy of law enforcement extends beyond mere numbers and extends into the realm of community policing strategies, emphasizing the cultivation of trust and collaboration between officers and the community. It is not merely a matter of quantity but the quality of engagement with the community that matters most.

Bangor crime map

The Bangor crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Bangor as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Bangor crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Bangor crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Bangor crime rates are 115% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Bangor are 56% lower than the national average
      • In Bangor you have a 1 in 21 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Bangor is safer than 25% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Bangor has increased by 5%

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        Daily Crime In Bangor (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Bangor on a daily basis (per 100,000 people) to crimes committed throughout the state of Maine and the USA. According to the latest crime statistics, daily crimes in Bangor (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Maine, are 3.79 times more than the state average and 2.15 times more than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Bangor on a daily basis are 1.57 times more than than Maine average and 2.28 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Bangor are 3.98 times more than the daily state average and 2.47 times more than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Bangor (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Maine and all other cities across the US, is Bangor safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Bangor is safer than 4% of other cities in the state of Maine. In addition, Bangor is safer than 25% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Maine and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Bangor. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Bangor is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Bangor

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Bangor is 1 in 617
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Bangor is 1 in 21
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Bangor is 1 in 21
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Bangor, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 617. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 21 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Bangor is 1 in 21.

        Year Over Year Crime In Bangor (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year crime rate per 100,000 people for Bangor is an accurate tool for tracking the rise and fall of crime, and in determining if living in Bangor has become safer or more dangerous. The year over year data displayed in the graph shows that violent crimes have decreased by 19% in Bangor, while property crimes in Bangor have increased by 6%. Total crime has increased by 5% year over year.

        Bangor police department

        Item Bangor Maine National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)901,653558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.72.13.3
        There are a total of 90 Bangor police officers. This results in 2.7 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 32.2% greater than the Maine average and 16.2% less than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Maine

        State Total offenders Maine /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 2,822 sex offenders in Maine. This yields a total of 220 sex offenders in Maine per 100,000 residents which is 17% less than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Orono, ME9,52343360403
        Winterport, ME1,45033395428
        Hampden, ME4,37313496509
        Milford, ME2,35650593643
        Old Town, ME7,45327827855
        Bucksport, ME2,87939866906
        Brewer, ME9,026312,2422,273
        Bangor, ME32,0291624,8324,994

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Ferry Pass, FL32,0163271,9762,303
        Des Moines, WA31,9833043,4913,795
        Juneau, AK32,0996201,7312,351
        Kaysville, UT31,95764791854
        Weatherford, TX32,1101961,7121,908
        Bangor, ME32,0291624,8324,994
        Source: The Bangor, ME crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.