Crime in Hawaii 1996 (Annual)
Hawaii’s crime rate down 9% in 1996
September 25, 1997- Attorney General Margery S. Bronster announced that the statewide 1996 rate for reported major crimes (Index Offenses) shows a welcome decrease from the 15-year record high rate set in 1995. Every year, as part of her responsibilities as Hawaii’s chief legal officer, the Attorney General tracks and publishes statistics on crime in the state. Although the rate for major crimes was still higher than the rate from a decade earlier, a 9% decrease in 1996 reversed a trend in which the rate had increased during each of the previous four years. The Attorney General stated that, “While the 1996 figures show a promising improvement for Hawaii, they still indicate the need for serious concern and continued effort to reduce crime further.”
Other report highlights include the following:
During the 15-year period of 1982-1996, the resident population of Hawaii increased 19% while the total number of crimes reported also increased 19%.
Reported violent crimes decreased 5% last year, but the 1996 violent crime rate was second only to the 1995 rate in the past 15 years.
Reported property crimes declined 9% in 1996. The 1996 property crime rate was the fourth highest in the past 15 years.
Reported less serious crimes (Part II Offenses), published for the first time in statewide form, decreased 7% from 1995 to 1996. The 1996 rate was the lowest in the past 10 years.
The total number of arrests statewide decreased 6% from 1995 to 1996. Arrests for major crimes were down 2%; for violent crimes, up 0.3%; for property crimes, down 2%; and for less serious crimes, down 7%. Adult and juvenile arrests were both down 6%.
From 1995 to 1996 in the City and County of Honolulu, the number of major crimes reported dropped 11% Decreases occurred in 6 of the 8 major crime categories.
In Hawaii County, the number of major crimes reported decreased 3% from 1995 to 1996. However, in the South Hilo District major crimes increased 10%, due solely to more reports of property crime. Major crimes in the balance of the County were down 11%.
The number of major crimes reported in Maui County decreased 6% from 1995 to 1996. In 1996 there were more reported robberies, aggravated assaults and motor vehicle thefts, and fewer offenses in each of the other 5 categories of major crime.
Kauai experienced a 13% increase in reported major crimes from 1995 to 1996. Decreases were registered for 3 of the 4 violent crimes, while 1 more murder was tallied. The overall increase was due primarily to more reported burglaries and larcenies.
- Crime in Hawaii 1996: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports
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