BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- The concern that Biddeford is a high crime city always comes up when something happens, but is it true? News 13's Jon Chrisos is On Your Side looking into crime by the numbers.
Jon brought that concern right to deputy chief of the Biddeford Police Department Joanne Fisk. She called that claim "grossly unfair and not accurate." The FBI's uniform crime report is on the same page.
It's the most complete picture of crime in the country and here in Maine, breaking it down by city. The most recent full year of data comes from 2011, when there were 28 homicides in Maine.
3 people were killed in Dexter, all victims of the same family in a domestic situation. That same year 2 victims were killed in New Gloucester. The rest were spread throughout the state. There were no murders in Biddeford in 2011.
Before Tuesday's deadly shooting, the most recent one was last December. Police say Derrick Thompson and Alivia Welch were shot to death by their landlord.
Before that, you have to go back to June 2009 when Rory Holland shot and killed the Green brothers on the sidewalk outside their home on South Street in Biddeford.
Leaders of the Biddeford Police Department say they work hard to keep the city safe, and they'll continue to do so.