Maine crime rate inches up in 2008

Posted May 18, 2009, at 12:28 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Crime in Maine inched up slightly in 2008, with rural crime going up nearly 7 percent and crime in urban areas edging down.

According to figures released Monday by the Maine Department of Public Safety, the number of reported crimes rose 0.6 percent for the year. That compares with a 3.4 percent decline in 2007.

Assaults, aggravated assaults and larcenies went up, and the homicide count of 31 hit the highest level since 1989.

Robbery, burglary, auto theft, rape, arson and domestic violence were all down for the year.

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