Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent 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 peopleBerwick/100k peopleMaine/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime68n/a (estimate)8311,3172,324
Violent crime9n/a (estimate)110103370
Vehicle theft0n/a0.070.9282.7
Property crime59n/a (estimate)7211,2141,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Berwick, ME

The Berwick crime rates are 64.3% lower 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 9 violent crimes in Berwick (110 per 100,000 people), which is 70.3% lower than the national average and there were a total of 59 property crimes (721 per 100,000 residents) which is 63.1% lower than average.

With only 110 incidents per 100,000 people, Berwick boasts an exceptionally low rate of violent crimes, positioning it as one of the safest cities in the United States. Given these low violent crime rates, Berwick has become an appealing destination for individuals in search of a secure and welcoming place to establish their new home.

In the latest reported crime year, Berwick recorded zero homicides. This statistic potentially positions the city as a paragon of security, radiating a profound sense of safety for its residents. A low number of severe violent crimes instills a deep feeling of well-being among its community but also establishes a lofty benchmark for other locales aspiring to foster equally secure environments.

The United States experiences some of the highest vehicle theft rates in the world, with about 300 vehicle thefts per 100,000 people. In fact, only a small percentage (about 10%) of cities were lucky enough to report no stolen vehicles at all. Berwick was one of those cities, as it had no reported vehicle thefts in the most recent crime report.

Is Berwick a Safe Place to Live?

To get a feel for the safety of living in Berwick, it's essential to analyze both the overall crime rate and the daily incident count. Berwick presents a total crime rate that is 64% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. Consequently, Berwick experiences an average of 0.19 daily crimes, comprising 0.02 violent incidents and 0.16 property-related offenses. This evaluation offers a comprehensive understanding of the safety landscape, aiding individuals in making informed decisions when considering relocation.

Has Crime in Berwick Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime rates in Berwick has decreased by 9.3% in the last reported crime report. Comparing crime rates from one year to another offers some insight into whether or not Berwick is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. Crime rates are categorized by violent and property crime. Year-over-year violent crime has increased by 80%, while property crime has decreased by 15.7%. This analysis equips individuals with crucial information for making informed decisions about living in Berwick.

Potential Causes for Crime in Berwick

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. Berwick, for instance, reports an unemployment rate of 3.3%, which differs from the national average of 4.7%.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Berwick crime rates. For instance, in Berwick, the population density stands at 1262.2 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

In Berwick, the median home price stands at $220,900, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Berwick crime map

The Berwick crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Berwick 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 Berwick crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Berwick 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

      • Berwick crime rates are 64% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Berwick are 70% lower than the national average
      • In Berwick you have a 1 in 121 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Berwick is safer than 75% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Berwick has decreased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Berwick (per 100,000 people)

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        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Berwick

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Berwick is 1 in 910
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Berwick is 1 in 139
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Berwick is 1 in 121

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

        Berwick police department

        Item Berwick Maine National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)111,653558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents1.52.13.3
        There are a total of 11 Berwick police officers. This results in 1.5 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 26.8% less than the Maine average and 53.6% 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
        Kittery Point, ME1,03414170185
        West Kennebunk, ME1,15414170185
        Cape Neddick, ME2,56316190207
        York Harbor, ME3,48416190207
        South Eliot, ME3,04728332360
        Durham, NH12,01658315373
        North Berwick, ME1,71697387484
        Berwick, ME1,985110721831

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        West Tawakoni, TX1,9852181,1611,379
        Tylertown, MS1,985101718819
        Jones Creek, TX1,9861941,0331,227
        Lenox, MA1,984981,6261,724
        Old Saybrook Center, CT1,98433326359
        Berwick, ME1,985110721831
        Source: The Berwick, 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.