Crime in Hawaii 2003 (Semi-Annual)

Crime in Hawaii down 2.1% in first half of 2003

December 12, 2003 – 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 2003 decreased 2.1% from the number reported during the first half of 2002. The number of violent Index Crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) increased 10.9%, while property Index Crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) fell 2.7%.

The number of murders reported in the first six months of 2003 fell 8.3%, although the tally of other violent crimes increased: forcible rapes, up 1.6%; robberies, up 13.3%; and aggravated assaults, up 11.7%.

For property Index Crimes, the number of offenses reported in Hawaii for the first half of 2003 decreased 7.4% for burglary and 3.6% for larceny-theft. Motor vehicle thefts increased 8.5%.

The State’s overall decrease in Index Crimes in the first six months of 2003 was attributable to a 5.7% decrease in the City & County of Honolulu (+7.5% violent crimes, -6.4% property crimes). Increases were reported by the other three counties: Hawaii County, up 6.8% (+22.5% violent crimes, +6.3% property crimes); Maui County, up 13.7% (+15.1% violent crimes, +13.6% property crimes); and Kauai County, up 3.7% (+35.4% violent crimes, +1.9% property crimes).

Statewide arrests decreased 9.1% for juveniles and 0.4% for adults in the first half of 2003. Juvenile Index Crime arrests — the best available measure of the extent of serious juvenile crime in Hawaii — set five consecutive annual record lows starting in 1998 and are on pace to extend the trend to six years in 2003.

The proportion of Index Crimes cleared by arrest or “exceptional means” (e.g., death of the offender, etc.) fell 32.1%, down from 16.7% in the first six months of 2002 to 11.6% in the first half of 2003.

The value of property reported stolen decreased 8.6%, from approximately $32.2 million in the first six months of 2002 to about $29.4 million during the first half of 2003.