Crime in Hawaii 1999 (Semi-Annual)

Crime in Hawaii Down 16% in First Half of 1999

March 23, 2000 – The Department of the Attorney General’s latest six-month Uniform Crime Report shows that the number of serious crimes recorded in Hawaii between January and June of 1999 decreased 16% from the number reported during the same period in 1998. Reports of violent crimes, including murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault decreased 3%. Falling were reports of murder (21%) and robbery (9%), while forcible rape increased (8%) and aggravated assault rose slightly (1%). Serious property crimes dropped 16% to reach the lowest total number reported since 1985, with larceny-thefts declining 15%, burglary, 17%, and motor vehicle thefts, 27%. Attorney General Earl Anzai stated that, “Lower crime numbers are always welcome news, and we appreciate especially the efforts of community groups working with police to attain this continued success.”

In the City & County of Honolulu, reported violent crimes were down 3%, while property offenses dropped 18% to their lowest first-half-of-the-year number since the start of statewide crime data collection in 1975. Violent offenses in Hawaii County decreased 5% and property crimes fell 13% to their lowest first-half total since 1988. Maui County posted a 4% increase in violent crimes and an 11% reduction in property crimes, the latter reaching their lowest first-half level since 1986. A decrease of 14% gave Kauai County a record low first-half tally of violent crimes, while property crimes fell 9% to reach their lowest first-half total since 1977.

Chief of Research & Statistics Paul Perrone said, “We have seen remarkable decreases in crime during the past four years, with violent crimes down 14% and property crimes falling 35% from the 1995 peaks. With so many record lows now being set, it is clear that various creative approaches to crime reduction are working effectively throughout the criminal justice system.”

Total statewide arrests decreased modestly from the first half of 1998: 6% for juveniles, 3% for adults, and 4% in sum. Arrests for serious crimes fell off 15%, with adult arrests plunging 19% and juvenile arrests down 6%. Females comprised 41% of the juvenile arrests and 22% of the adult arrests, reaching record high proportions dating back at least to the start of automated data entry in 1987.