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Maine overall crime rate declines for 8th consecutive year

The department said Monday that reported crimes dropped 6.6% overall in 2019.
The department said Monday that reported crimes dropped 6.6% overall in 2019.
The department said Monday that reported crimes dropped 6.6% overall in 2019.(AP)
Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 5:29 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) -The Maine Department of Public Safety says the number of crimes reported in the state has decreased for an eighth consecutive year - even though violent crimes grew 3%.

The department said Monday that reported crimes dropped 6.6% overall in 2019.

Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sauschuck says the eight-year decline “speaks volumes to the hard work” of law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

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