Crime in Hawaii 2005 (Annual)

May 25, 2007 – The Department of the Attorney General released its annual Uniform Crime Report, Crime in Hawaii, which shows that the State’s Index Crime rate in 2005 decreased 0.3% from the rate reported for 2004.

A total of 64,067  Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2005, yielding a rate of 5,024 offenses per 100,000 resident population. The reported violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii increased 3.8% in 2004, and the reported property Index Crime rate decreased 0.6%. Hawaii’s total, violent, and property Index Crime rates in 2005 were, respectively, 23.7%, 4.0%, and 24.5% below the rates reported a decade earlier (1996).

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii, 2005 include the following:

  • The rate of reported offenses for the violent Index Crimes of murder and forcible rape  respectively decreased 25.0%, and 15.0% in Hawaii in 2005, while robbery and  aggravated assault rates rose 5.1% and 7.2%, respectively.  There were 3,432 violent Index Crimes reported in Hawaii in 2005, representing a rate of 269.1 offenses per 100,000 residents.
  • Two of the property Index Crimes increased in rate in Hawaii during 2005:   larceny-theft, 0.6%; and  motor vehicle theft, 1.7%.  The burglary rate decreased 6.9% in 2005. Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2005 was 4,755 offenses per 100,000 residents.
  •  The number of statewide Index Crime arrests decreased 2.9% in 2005.  Arrests for violent Index Crimes and property Index Crimes decreased 2.3% and 3.0%, respectively. 
  • Based on the proportion of arrests (plus cases closed by “exceptional means”) to reported offenses, the total clearance rate for reported Index Crimes went down to 11.0% in 2005, its second lowest level on record.
  • Adult arrests comprised 74.0% of all Index Crime arrests in 2005; juvenile arrests accounted for 26.0%.  Crime in Hawaii 2005 also provides state and county data on the gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.
  •  Index Crime arrest data provide the most consistent measure of the nature and extent of serious juvenile crime in Hawaii.  Statewide juvenile Index Crime arrests reached a historically low level in 2005, with 1,860 arrests reported statewide, down substantially from the low tally of 2,159 arrests reported in 2004.  Juvenile Index Crime arrests ranged from 4,000 to 7,000 annually during the 1975-1997 period and thereafter plummeted in each subsequent year until a slight increase was reported for 2004. The 2005 figure marks a 58.6% decrease over the previous 10-year period.  
  • The City & County of Honolulu’s Index Crime rate decreased 3.8% in 2005, with the violent crime rate increasing 2.3% and the property crime rate down 4.1%. 
  •  Hawaii County’s Index Crime rate increased 28.7% in 2005.  The violent crime rate surged 57.0% and the property crime increased 27.3%.  Hawaii County’s violent crime rate in 2005 was the highest in the State of Hawaii.
  •  The Index Crime rate in Maui County increased 3.5% in 2005, with the violent crime rate falling 8.6% and the property crime rate up 4.0%.  Maui County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2005 were the highest in the State of Hawaii.
  •  The Index Crime rate in Kauai County decreased 19.8% in 2005, with the violent crime rate down 34.8% and the property crime rate down 18.5%.
  •  Twenty-five murders were reported statewide in 2005, down from thirty-three reported in 2004.  Females comprised 24.0% of the murder victims and 16.7% of the alleged offenders in 2005. The breakdown for the relationship between victims and offenders in 2005 includes: acquaintance, 28.0% (7); stranger, 12.0% (3); unknown relationship, 28.0% (7); immediate family, 16.0% (4); girlfriend/boyfriend, 12.0% (3); and spouse, 4.0% (1).
  •  Of the 3,122 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2005, 42.9% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet), 26.3% with “other” or unknown weapons, 19.6% with edged weapons, and 11.2% with firearms.
  •  Over $106 million in property value was reported stolen in Hawaii during 2005, up 62.7% from the figure reported for 2004.  Of the total value stolen in 2005, 30.9% was recovered, up significantly from 17.3% recovered in 2004.
  •  In 2005, 288 assaults on Hawaii’s police officers were recorded (a rate of 10.3 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2005 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.
  •  On October 31, 2005, a total of 2,789 police officers and 746 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 2.8% increase in officers and a 4.3% increase in civilians from the figures reported for October 31, 2004.

* Including the violent Index Crimes of murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery; the property Index Crimes of burglary, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft; and, tracked separately, arson.

Record Crime Rates*

State of Hawaii and Counties, 2005

 

State of Hawaii

Record high aggravated assault rate.

Record low burglary rate.

City & County of Honolulu

Tied record low murder rate.

Record high aggravated assault rate.

Record low property crime rate.

Record low burglary rate.

Record low larceny-theft rate.

Hawaii County

Record high violent crime rate.

Record low forcible rape rate.

Record high aggravated assault rate.

Record high motor vehicle theft rate.

Maui County

Record high motor vehicle theft rate.

Kauai County

Record low property crime rate.

Record low burglary rate.

Record low larceny-theft rate.

* Within jurisdiction, since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.