Monday, October 25, 2010

Growth in Bangor, Maine Crime Rate Linked to Gambling

A grass-roots organization opposed to the expansion of gambling houses in the state of Maine is using crime data from the state to illustrate how a gambling establishment can lead to an increase in crime.

PORTLAND - Oct. 21, 2009 - For the third straight year, the crime rate in Bangor increased last year while crimes in Maine's other large cities show a sharp decline, according to newly released data by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

According to an analysis of data recently posted on the Maine Department of Public Safety's website, Bangor's crime rate went from 63.15 offenses per 1,000 residents in 2007 to 65.07 offenses in 2008, an increase of 3%. By comparison, the crime rate in Portland fell by nearly 8% in the same time period, and declined 3% in Lewiston.

Since 2005 - the year that the state's only gambling casino opened in Bangor - crime in that city has increased 26%, while it has fallen in Maineƕs other two large cities - down 4% in Portland and 11.5% in Lewiston.

"What's different about Bangor," asked Dennis Bailey, executive director of CasinosNO!, the grassroots organization opposed to the expansion of gambling casinos in Maine. "Why is the crime rate continuing to grow while other large cities in Maine are seeing their crime rates fall?"
Read the rest of the article at "Bangor Crime Grows", Casinos No!, October 21, 2010.

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