Crime in Hawaii 2006 (Annual)

August 27, 2008 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate decreased in 2006, down 9.7% from the rate reported for 2005.

A total of 58,347 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2006, yielding a rate of 4,538.9 offenses per 100,000 resident population.  The reported violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii increased 5.2% in 2006, and the reported property Index Crime rate decreased 10.5%.  Hawaii’s total and property Index Crime rates in 2006 were, respectively, 24.5% and 25.8% below the rates reported a decade earlier (1997).  However, the violent Index Crime rate increased 2.2% over the course of the decade.

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2006 include the following:

The rate of reported offenses for the violent Index Crime of murder decreased 15.0% in Hawaii in 2006, while forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault rates rose 16.5, 11.7%, and 0.6%, respectively.  There were 3,639 violent Index Crimes reported in Hawaii in 2006, representing a rate of 283.1 offenses per 100,000 residents.

All three of the property Index Crimes decreased in rate in Hawaii during 2006:  burglary, 13.8%; larceny-theft, 9.1%; and motor vehicle theft, 13.5%.  Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2006 was 4,256 offenses per 100,000 residents.

The number of statewide Index Crime arrests decreased 7.0% in 2006.  Arrests for violent Index Crimes increased 9.9% and property Index Crimes decreased 10.7%. 

Based on the proportion of arrests (plus cases closed by “exceptional means”) to reported offenses, the total clearance rate for reported Index Crimes increased from 11.0% in 2005  to 12.5% in 2006.

Adult arrests comprised 70.9% of all Index Crime arrests in 2006; juvenile arrests accounted for 29.1%.  Crime in Hawaii 2006 also provides state and county data on the gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.

The City & County of Honolulu’s Index Crime rate decreased 8.8% in 2006, reaching its lowest point on record since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.  The City & County of Honolulu’s violent crime rate increased 6.7% in 2006 and the property crime rate fell 9.7%.

Hawaii County’s Index Crime rate decreased 21.5% in 2006.  Violent and property crime rates decreased 11.5% and 22.1%, respectively.  Hawaii County’s property crime rate in 2006 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

The total Index Crime rate in Maui County decreased 10.4% in 2006, with the violent crime rate increasing 14.4% and the property crime rate dropping 11.2%.  Maui County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2006 were the highest in the State of Hawaii.

The Index Crime rate in Kauai County increased 21.1% in 2006, with the violent crime rate rising 20.3% and the property crime rate up 21.2%.

Twenty-two murders were reported statewide in 2006, down from 25 reported in 2005.  Females comprised 50.0% of the murder victims in 2006; all of the offenders were male.  The breakdown for the relationship between victims and offenders in 2006 includes: unknown relationship, 22.7% (5); girlfriend/boyfriend, 22.7% (5); acquaintance, 18.2% (4); stranger, 18.2% (4); immediate family, 13.6% (3); and spouse, 4.5%(1).

Of the 3,275 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2006, 44.5% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet), 27.4% with “other” or unknown weapons, 17.1% with edged weapons, and 11.0% with firearms.

Over $105 million in property value was reported stolen in Hawaii during 2006, down 0.5% from the figure reported for 2005.  Of the total value stolen in 2006, 31.2% was recovered, up slightly from the 30.9% recovered in 2005.

In 2006, 340 assaults on Hawaii’s police officers were recorded (a rate of 11.6 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2006 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.

On October 31, 2006, a total of 2,942 police officers and 787 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 5.5% increase in both officers and civilians from the figures reported for October 31, 2005.

* 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, 2006

State of Hawaii
Record low total Index and property crime rates.
Record high aggravated assault rate.
Record low burglary rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

City & County of Honolulu
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record high aggravated assault rate.
Record low property Index Crime rate.
Record low burglary rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.
Record high arson rate.

Hawaii County
None.

Maui County
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record low burglary rate.

Kauai County
Record high forcible rape rate.

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