Crime in Hawaii 1997 (Annual)
Hawaii’s crime rate fell 9% in 1997, down 17% in two years
August 31, 1998 – Attorney General Margery S. Bronster announced that the statewide rate for reported Index Offenses (murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, and, tracked separately, arson) fell 9% in 1997 to reach a point17% below the 15-year peak reached in 1995. The Attorney General’s annual Crime in Hawaii Uniform Crime Report shows that the state’s 1997 crime rate, 6,025 offenses per 100,000 residents, was at its second lowest point in ten years and within 1% of the low mark set in 1991. The Attorney General stated that, “Crime in Hawaii has shown dramatic decreases during the last two years, and this should encourage those in the community and the criminal justice system to work hard to reduce crime even further.”
Other report highlights include the following:
The number of violent crimes was essentially unchanged in 1997, with increases in murders, forcible rapes, and aggravated assaults offset by a significant decrease in robberies. In 1996, the latest year for which national figures are available, Hawaii had the 12th lowest violent crime rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Property crimes declined 9% in 1997, with the burglary rate at its lowest point since the start of statewide data collection in 1975. Larceny-thefts, which have consistently accounted for about 70% of Hawaii’s Index Offenses, were down 10% in 1997 and by 18% (11,000 offenses) since 1995. Over 1,700 fewer motor vehicle thefts were reported in 1997 than in 1995, for a two-year decrease of 21%.
While reported offenses were down in 1997, total arrests increased by 6%. Adult arrests were up in all categories: 4% for total Index Offenses, 7% for violent crimes, 3% for property crimes, and 11% for the less serious, Part II Offenses. Juvenile arrests were down across the board: 4% for total Index Offenses, 9% for violent crimes, 4% for property crimes, and 3% for Part II Offenses. In 1997, and for the first time on record, no juveniles were arrested for murder.
In the City & County of Honolulu, the total number of reported Index Offenses fell 11% in 1997. Decreases were recorded for robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft. The burglary rate reached a record low for the second consecutive year and was 46% below the rate set in 1975.
Hawaii County had the second lowest crime rate in the state in 1997, although the number of reported Index Offenses increased by 7%. All 8 Index Offenses registered increases.
The total number of reported Index Offenses in Maui County decreased 2% in 1997. The decrease, however, was due solely to a 6% decrease in larceny-thefts; increases were reported for the other 7 Index Offenses. The rate of reported robberies edged up less than 1% to mark its highest level since the start of statewide data collection in 1975. Among the 4 county police departments, and for the sixth consecutive year, Maui County Police recovered the highest percentage (29%) of property stolen in reported Index Offenses.
Kauai County had the lowest crime rate in the state in 1997, and for the second consecutive year Kauai’s violent crime rate (down 8%) reached a record low point. Reported Index Offenses were down by 4%, with decreases recorded for 6 of the 8 specific offenses. The reported Part II Offense rate fell more than 15% to set its lowest mark since 1984.
- Crime in Hawaii 1997: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports
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