October 27, 2015 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate increased in 2013, up 2.9% from the rate reported for 2012.

A total of 48,569 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2013, yielding a rate of 3,459 offenses per 100,000 resident population.  The violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii increased 0.9% in 2013, and the property Index Crime rate increased 3.1%.  Hawaii’s total, violent, and property Index Crime rates in 2013 were, respectively, 31.4%, 5.6%, and 32.8% below the rates reported a decade earlier (2004).

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2013 include the following:

  • There were 3,438 violent Index Crimes reported in the State of Hawaii in 2013, representing a rate of 244.9 offenses per 100,000 residents. The rate of reported offenses for three violent Index Crimes increased for the State of Hawaii in 2013: murder rose 36.9%, forcible rape increased by 21.2%, and aggravated assault climbed 7.5%. The rate of reported robberies decreased by 16.2% in 2013, reaching a new record low level. 
  • Rates of reported offenses increased for all of the property Index Crimes in the State of Hawaii during 2013: burglary, 0.1%; larceny-theft, 1.8%; and motor vehicle theft, 19.6%. The State of Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2013 was 3,214 offenses per 100,000 residents.
  • The reported arson rate increased by 5.8% in 2013, as compared to the year prior.
  • The number of statewide Index Crime arrests increased 0.8% in 2013. Arrests for violent Index Crimes increased 3.8%, and arrests for property Index Crimes increased by 0.03%. 
  • Based on the proportion of arrests (plus cases closed by “exceptional means”) to reported offenses, the total clearance rate for reported Index Crimes decreased from 17.5% in 2012 to 16.3% in 2013.
  • Adult arrests comprised 82.8% of all Index Crime arrests in 2013; juvenile arrests accounted for 17.2%. Crime in Hawaii 2013 provides state and county data on the age, gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.
  • The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index Crime rate rose 5.5% in 2013, with the violent crime rate decreasing 3.4% and the property crime rate increasing 4.0%. The City & County of Honolulu’s rates for total violent crime, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and burglary were the lowest in the State of Hawaii, whiles its rates for robbery, and motor vehicle theft were the highest.
  • Hawaii County’s total Index Crime rate decreased 0.3% in 2013, and its property crime rate dropped 2.6%. Hawaii County’s violent crime rate increased 28.8%, which was the highest rate in the State, and also marked a record high for the County since 1975.  Hawaii County’s violent crime rates for murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault increased substantially in 2013, by 78.4%, 33.0%, 19.2%, and 29.8%, respectively. The County’s property crime rates decreased slightly in 2013: burglary, 4.7%; larceny-theft, 1.5%; and motor vehicle theft, 5.8%.
  • The total Index Crime rate in Maui County decreased 4.6% in 2013; the violent crime rate increased 8.9%, and the property crime rate fell 5.5%. Maui County’s property crime rate in 2013 was at its lowest level on record since the start of data collection in 1975.  Maui County reported decreases in 2013 for all property crime categories: burglary fell 11.6%, larceny-theft decreased 2.9%, and motor vehicle theft saw a reduction of 15.0%. 
  • The total Index Crime rate in Kauai County decreased 2.0% in 2013. Kauai County’s violent and property crime rates in 2013 decreased 21.9% and 0.4%, respectively.  Kauai County’s total Index Crime rate, property crime rate, forcible rape rate, and burglary rate in 2013  were the highest in the State of Hawaii, while its robbery, motor vehicle theft, and arson rates were the lowest in the State.
  • Twenty-nine murders were reported statewide in 2013. Males comprised 66% of the murder victims and 92% of the alleged offenders.  The breakdown for the relationship between victims and known offenders in 2013 includes: acquaintance, 35% (9); girlfriend/boyfriend, 27% (7); stranger, 19% (5); immediate family, 15% (4); and spouse, 4% (1).
  • Of the 3,097 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2013, 46.7% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet); 26.2% with “other” or unknown weapons; 18.0% with knives or other edged weapons; and 9.1% with firearms.
  • Over $74 million in property value was reported stolen in the State of Hawaii during 2013, up 5.3% from the figure reported for 2012. Of the total value stolen in 2013, 24.4% was recovered, up from 22.2% recovered in 2012.
  • In 2013, no police officers were killed in the line of dutry, but 357 were assaulted (a rate of 12.4 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2013 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.
  • On October 31, 2013, a total of 2,886 police officers and 772 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 1.7% decrease in workforce from the figures reported for October 31, 2012.

  * Including the violent Index Crimes of murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery; the property Index Crimes of burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft; and, tracked separately, arson.

Record Crime Rates*
State of Hawaii and Counties, 2013

State of Hawaii

Record low robbery rate.

City & County of Honolulu

Record low robbery rate.

Record low arson rate.

Hawaii County 

Record high violent crime rate.

Maui County

Record low total Index Crime rate.

Record low property crime rate.

Record low burglary rate.

Kauai County


 *Within jurisdiction, since the start of statewide data collection in 1975 (1980 for arson rates).