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The state of Maine is well below the national average for violent crime, and the town of Bath has been described as having the culture of a big city, yet the crime rate of a small town. Selected as one of the 100 Best Small Towns in America, the crime rate is very low. The city supports a Crime Prevention Program, an OUI Task Force, a K9 program and a Youth Task Force, along with officers that work with the school system with the D.A.R.E. program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
As a result of these efforts petty crime within the city is also very low, but as with traveling anywhere a certain amount of caution should always be maintained, especially at night. Don’t flash large sums of money, and keep an eye on your possessions while on the go. Photocopies of travel documents and credit cards should be kept separate from the originals and key telephone numbers maintained to contact banks if credit cards are stolen or lost.
If you’re using a rental car make sure to lock the doors while visiting tourist attractions, as well as the area’s various museums, restaurants and attractions. The roads throughout Maine are generally well maintained, but in the rural parts outside of Bath there are not a lot of street lights or lamp posts so you should be aware of this when driving late at night. Be aware of sudden rural stop signs and watch for animals that can dart suddenly onto the road as well.