Crime in Hawaii 2002 (Semi-Annual)

Crime in Hawaii up 13.3% in first half of 2002

December 30, 2002 – The Department of the Attorney General’s semi-annual Uniform Crime Report shows that the number of Index Crimes reported in Hawaii during the first six months of 2002 increased 13.3% from the number reported during the same period in 2001. The number of violent Index Crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) increased 5.4%, while property Index Crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) rose 13.7%.

Decreasing among the violent crimes reported in the first half of 2002 were murders (-20.0%) and forcible rapes (-5.5%). Aggravated assaults and robberies increased 8.7% and 5.5%, respectively.

The number of reported offenses increased for all three property crime categories during the first half of 2002: motor vehicle thefts by 43.1%, burglaries by 15.0%, and larceny-thefts by 9.1%.

The number of Index Crimes reported for the first six months of 2002 increased 16.8% in the City & County of Honolulu (7.5% violent crimes, 17.3% property crimes), 3.6% in Hawaii County (-21.8% violent crimes, 4.7% property crimes) and 39.1% in Kauai County (71.7% violent crimes, 37.6% property crimes). Maui County reported across-the-board decreases, with total Index Crimes down 5.0%, violent crimes down 6.1%, and property crimes down 5.0%.

Statewide juvenile arrests increased 1.4% and adult arrests rose 5.0% in the first half of 2002. Juvenile arrests were up 50.4% for violent crimes and down 4.8% for property crimes. Adult arrests for violent and property crimes increased 16.8% and 0.7%, respectively. The proportion of Index Crimes cleared by arrest or exceptional means (16.7%) increased by 4.2 percentage points.

The value of property stolen in Hawaii during the first half of 2001 totaled $30.2 million, up 11.7% from the same period in 2000.