Crime in Hawaii 1998 (Semi-Annual)

Attorney General’s report shows crime down statewide

January 6, 1999 — Attorney General Margery S. Bronster announced the release of Hawaii’s Semi-Annual Crime Summary.  The summary shows that the number of serious crimes reported in Hawaii between January and June of 1998 decreased 9% from the number reported during the same period in 1997.  Reports of violent crimes, including murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, decreased 15%.  Double-digit percentage decreases were tallied for each of the violent offenses except forcible rape, which increased less than 1%.  Serious property crimes, comprised of burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft, fell 9% to reach their lowest level since 1988.  All three property crimes showed decreases, ranging from a 6% drop in reported larceny-thefts to an 18% reduction in burglaries.  The Attorney General remarked that, “Crime in Hawaii has been falling steadily since 1996, and these latest statistics are especially encouraging.  We will continue to work hard to decrease crime even further.”

In the City & County of Honolulu, reported violent crimes fell 15% while property offenses decreased 7%.  Violent offenses in Hawaii County were down 12% and property crimes dropped 7%.  Maui County reported a 19% decrease in violent crimes and a 15% reduction in property crimes.  A 22% drop in reported property offenses gave Kauai County the greatest percentage decrease in total serious crime (21%) among Hawaii’s four counties. Kauai County’s 7% violent crime increase was attributable to only two more individual offenses than were reported in the same period last year.

Compared to the first six months of 1997, arrests of juveniles in the first half of 1998 fell 15%, and adult arrests decreased 2%.  Arrests for violent offenses plunged 37% among juveniles and were reduced 4% among adults.