Crime in Hawaii 2007 (Annual)

December 3, 2008 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate decreased in 2007, down 3.2% from the rate reported from 2006.

A total of 56,411 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2007, yielding a rate of 4,395 offenses per 100,000 resident population.  The reported violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii decreased 2.5% in 2007, and the reported property Index Crime rate decreased 3.2%.  Hawaii’s total and property Index Crime rates in 2007 were, respectively, 17.8% and 19.2% below the rates reported a decade earlier (1998).  However, the violent Index Crime rate increased 11.7% over the course of the decade.

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2007 include the following:

In Hawaii in 2007, the rate of reported offenses for the violent Index Crimes of robbery and aggravated assault decreased 2.3%, and 3.7%, respectively, while murder and forcible rape rates rose 11.8%, and 3.9%, respectively.  There were 3,545 violent Index Crimes reported in Hawaii in 2007, representing a rate of 276.2 offenses per 100,000 residents.

Two of the three property Index Crimes decreased in rate in Hawaii during 2007: larceny-theft, 1.8%; and motor vehicle theft, 18.5%.  The property Index Crime of burglary increased in rate in Hawaii in 2007 by 4.0%.  Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2007 was 4,119 offenses per 100,000 residents.

The number of statewide Index Crime arrests increased 10.9% in 2007.  Arrests for violent Index Crimes and property Index Crimes increased 7.4%, and 11.8%, respectively.

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 12.0% in 2006  to 13.4% in 2007.

Adult arrests comprised 70.4% of all Index Crime arrests in 2007; juvenile arrests accounted for 29.6%.  Crime in Hawaii 2007 also provides state and county data on the gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.

The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index Crime rate decreased 2.6% in 2007, reaching its lowest point on record since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.  The City & County of Honolulu’s violent crime rate decreased 4.3% in 2007 and the property crime rate also fell 2.5%.

Hawaii County’s Index Crime rate decreased 6.8% in 2007.  The violent crime rate increased 2.8%, and property crime rate decreased 7.5%.  Hawaii County’s property crime rate in 2007 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

The total Index Crime rate in Maui County decreased 7.9% in 2007, with the violent crime rate increasing 6.8% and the property crime rate dropping 17.8%.  Maui County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2007 were the highest in the State of Hawaii.

The Index Crime rate in Kauai County increased 11.3% in 2007, with the violent crime rate rising 0.7% and the property crime rate up 12.0%.

Twenty-five murders were reported statewide in 2007, up from 22 reported in 2006.  Females comprised 44.0% of the murder victims and 16.7% of the alleged offenders in 2007.  The breakdown for the relationship between victims and offenders in 2007 includes: stranger, 24.0% (6); unknown relationship, 20.0% (5); immediate family, 20.0% (5); acquaintance, 16.0% (4); spouse, 16.0% (4); and girlfriend/boyfriend, 4.0% (1).

Of the 3,168 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2007, 50.1% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet), 23.5% with “other” or unknown weapons, 18.2% with edged weapons, and 8.2% with firearms.

Over $95 million in property value was reported stolen in Hawaii during 2007, down 9.8% from the figure reported for 2006.  Of the total value stolen in 2007, 28.6% was recovered, down from the 31.2% recovered in 2006.

In 2007, 308 assaults on Hawaii’s police officers were recorded (a rate of 10.7 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2007 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.

On October 31, 2007, a total of 2,875 police officers and 800 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 0.5% increase in both officers and civilians from the figures reported for October 31, 2006.

*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, 2007

State of Hawaii
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record low property crime rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

City & County of Honolulu
Record low total Index Crime rate.

Hawaii County
Record low total Index Crime rate.

Maui County
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record low burglary rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

Kauai County
Record high forcible rape rate.

**Within jurisdiction, since the start of statewide data collection in 1975 (1979 for arson rates).