Total crime NAT. AVG.
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 peopleKittery/100k peopleMaine/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime176n/a (estimate)1,7121,3172,324
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)49103370
Vehicle theft6n/a58.470.9282.7
Property crime171n/a (estimate)1,6641,2141,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Kittery, ME

When we analyze the latest crime report, the Kittery crime rate is 26.3% lower than the national average. These incidents are classified into two primary categories: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, rape and murder. Whereas property crimes encompass theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In the case of Kittery, there were 5 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 49 per 100,000 individuals, 86.9% lower than the national average. Additionally, Kittery recorded 171 property crimes, amounting to 1664 per 100,000 residents, 14.9% lower than the U.S. average.

Kittery shines as one of the safest cities in the United States, thanks to its remarkably low rate of only 49 violent incidents per 100,000 residents. This impressive safety record has made Kittery an attractive choice for individuals seeking a secure and hospitable community to call home.

In a remarkable testament to the city's commitment to safety, Kittery reported a murder rate of 0. This could indicate that it is a very safe place to live, but also serves as an inspiration to other urban areas striving for safer communities. Examining the full crime report will provide a complete overview of all crimes - violent and property.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Kittery?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Kittery. Based on the results of the surveys (6 responses), 50% of people felt that there was very little crime in Kittery and felt safe walking alone at night. While 50% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Kittery a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Kittery is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Kittery has a total crime rate that is 26% lower than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 0.48 daily crimes (0.01 violent daily crimes and 0.47 daily property crimes) in Kittery.

Has Crime in Kittery Increased Since Last Year?

Examining year-over-year crime data provides insights into short-term trends with regards to the crime activity in Kittery. This analysis involves comparing crime rates from one year to the next, enabling the identification of patterns and fluctuations in crime. Such information proves invaluable to residents seeking to make well-informed decisions about their choice of residence. In the most recent year, compared to the previous one, total crime in Kittery has increased by 76%. Specifically, violent crime has decreased by 28.6%, while property crime has increased by 83.9%. This data empowers individuals with a clearer understanding of the evolving safety landscape in Kittery.

Potential Causes for Crime in Kittery

Kittery has a population density of 1892.1 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 Kittery crime rates.

In Kittery, the cost of living is 27.1% higher than the national average. A substantial cost of living can burden residents, particularly those with constrained financial means. When individuals contend with steep housing expenses, grocery bills, utility costs, healthcare and essential needs that strain their budgets, they may turn to criminal activities, such as theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities characterized by a more affordable cost of living may alleviate economic pressures, which could potentially lead to decreased crime rates.

In areas where housing affordability is an issue, crime can become a significant concern. Some individuals and families may be forced to live in overcrowded or substandard housing conditions, which can increase stress and potentially contribute to domestic disputes and related crimes. The median home price in Kittery is $332,800, compared to a national average of $184,700.

Kittery crime map

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

      • Kittery crime rates are 26% lower than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Kittery are 87% lower than the national average
      • In Kittery you have a 1 in 59 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Kittery is safer than 69% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Kittery has increased by 70%

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        Daily Crime In Kittery (per 100,000 people)

        The graph above looks at the comparison of crimes committed in Kittery 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 Kittery (which include property crimes as well as violent crimes), when compared to Maine, are 1.30 times more than the state average and 1.36 times less than than national average. Violent crimes committed in Kittery on a daily basis are 2.12 times less than than Maine average and 7.60 times less than the average nationwide. Daily property crime rates in Kittery are 1.37 times more than the daily state average and 1.17 times less than the daily national numbers.

        How Safe is Kittery (higher is better)

        What are the odds that you'll be safer in Kittery, Maine compared to other areas of Maine, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Kittery safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Kittery is safer than 39% of Maine cities, and 69% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in Maine, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Kittery. At this time, Kittery sees a above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Kittery

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Kittery is 1 in 2056
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Kittery is 1 in 61
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Kittery is 1 in 59
        Wondering what the chances are that you fall victim to a crime in Kittery? In Kittery, ME you have a 1 in 2056 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 61 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 59 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Kittery.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Kittery, Maine (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Kittery has decreased by 31%, the amount of property crime in Kittery has increased by 77%, and the total amount of crime in Kittery has increased by 70% year over year.

        Kittery police department

        Item Kittery Maine National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)251,653558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.62.13.3
        There are a total of 25 Kittery police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 27.1% greater than the Maine average and 19.5% 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
        Cape Neddick, ME2,56316190207
        York Harbor, ME3,48416190207
        Newfields, NH2540227227
        Hampton Beach, NH2,48533262294
        South Eliot, ME3,04728332360
        Durham, NH12,01658315373
        Kittery, ME5,297491,6641,712

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Adel, GA5,2974131,9022,315
        Mount Carmel, TN5,2971991,0501,250
        Cutler, CA5,2966503,0483,698
        Linton, IN5,293583,0703,128
        Highwood, IL5,293113660772
        Kittery, ME5,297491,6641,712
        Source: The Kittery, 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.