Crime down in Portland, but police set sights higher

Posted Dec. 28, 2010, at 8:40 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police in Maine’s largest city say crime is down this year, but Portland police didn’t meet their goal of reducing crime by 5 percent.

As of last week, the number of crimes reported in Portland this year had dropped 3 percent.

Police Chief James Craig says he’s hoping a new crime suppression unit will continue the downward trend.

The crime suppression unit will begin work in the spring. It will analyze crime reports to target parts of the city and times of day when crime appears to be increasing.

Craig tells the Portland Press Herald such a strategy will allow for more focused, proactive crime fighting efforts.

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