Crime in Hawaii 2009 (Annual)

September 28, 2010 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate increased slightly in 2009, up 3.3% from the rate reported for 2008.

A total of 51,066 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2009, yielding a rate of 3,689 offenses per 100,000 resident population. The violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii increased 1.1% in 2009, and the property Index Crime rate increased 3.4%. Hawaii’s total and property Index Crime rates in 2009 were, respectively, 23.8% and 25.6% below the rates reported a decade earlier (2000). However, the violent Index Crime rate increased 13.0% over the course of the decade.

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2009 include the following:

In the State of Hawaii in 2009, the rate of reported offenses for the violent Index Crimes of murder and robbery decreased 11.5%, and 5.1%, respectively, while forcible rape and aggravated assault rates rose 6.1%, and 3.7%, respectively. There were 3,550 violent Index Crimes reported in the State of Hawaii in 2009, representing a rate of 275.6 offenses per 100,000 residents.

Two of the three property Index Crimes decreased in rate in the State of Hawaii during 2009: burglary, 1.7%; and motor vehicle theft, 5.1%. The larceny-theft rate increased 6.3%. The State of Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2009 was 3,689 offenses per 100,000 residents.

The number of statewide Index Crime arrests increased 13.7% in 2009. Arrests for violent Index Crimes and property Index Crimes increased 11.1%, and 14.4%, 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 14.5% in 2008 to 15.6% in 2009.

Adult arrests comprised 71.5% of all Index Crime arrests in 2009; juvenile arrests accounted for 28.5%. Crime in Hawaii 2009 also provides state and county data on the gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.

The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index Crime rate increased 4.4% in 2009. The City & County of Honolulu’s violent crime rate decreased 1.6%, and the property crime rate increased 4.9%.

Hawaii County’s Index Crime rate increased 4.7% in 2009. Hawaii County’s violent and property crime rates increased 6.2% and 4.6%, respectively. Hawaii County’s property crime rate in 2009 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii.

The total Index Crime rate in Maui County decreased 4.6% in 2009, the violent crime rate increased 17.0%, and the property crime rate fell 5.6%.

The Index Crime rate in Kauai County increased 4.6% in 2009. Kauai County’s violent and property crime rates rose 2.8% and 4.7%, respectively.

Twenty-three murders were reported statewide in 2009. Males comprised 48.0% of the murder victims and 83.0% the alleged offenders. The breakdown for the relationship between victims and offenders in 2009 includes: acquaintance, 50.0% (12); immediate family, 12.5% (3); stranger, 12.5% (3); spouse, 12.5% (3); girlfriend/boyfriend, 8.3% (2); and unknown relationship, 4.2% (1).

Of the 3,165 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2009, 47.2% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet); 26.5% with “other” or unknown weapons; 17.3% with knives or other edged weapons; and 9.0% with firearms.

Over $87 million in property value was reported stolen in the State of Hawaii during 2009, up 2.4% from the figure reported for 2008. Of the total value stolen in 2009, 26.2% was recovered, down from 28.5% recovered in 2008.

In 2009, 316 assaults on Hawaii’s police officers were recorded (a rate of 10.6 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2009 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.

On October 31, 2009, a total of 2,990 police officers and 812 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 0.2% increase in both officers and civilians from the figures reported for October 31, 2008.

*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, 2009

State of Hawaii
Record high aggravated assault rate.

City & County of Honolulu
Record low murder rate.

Hawaii County

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

Kauai County

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