Crime in Hawaii 2010 (Annual)

February 21, 2012 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate decreased in 2010, down 8.6% from the rate reported for 2009.

A total of 49,270 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2010, yielding a rate of 3,622 offenses per 100,000 resident population. The violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii decreased 4.0% in 2010, and the property Index Crime rate decreased 9.0%. Hawaii’s total and property Index Crime rates in 2010 were, respectively, 32.8% and 34.6% below the rates reported a decade earlier (2001). However, the violent Index Crime rate increased 3.9% over the course of the decade.

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2010 include the following:

The rate of reported offenses for all violent Index Crimes except murder decreased for the State of Hawaii in 2010: forcible rape decreased 7.3%, robbery decreased 2.1%, and aggravated assault decreased 4.2%. The murder rate increased 2.9% from 2009 to 2010. There were 3,603 violent Index Crimes reported in the State of Hawaii in 2010, representing a rate of 264.9 offenses per 100,000 residents.

Two of the three property Index Crimes decreased in rate in the State of Hawaii during 2010: burglary, 10.8%; and larceny-theft, 10.2%. The motor vehicle theft rate increased 2.9%. The State of Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2010 was 3,357 offenses per 100,000 residents.

The number of statewide Index Crime arrests decreased 3.2% in 2010. Arrests for violent Index Crimes and property Index Crimes decreased 5.1%, and 2.7%, respectively.

Based on the proportion of arrests (plus cases closed by “exceptional means”) to reported offenses, the total clearance rate for reported Index Crimes decreased slightly, from 15.6% in 2009 to 15.4% in 2010.

Adult arrests comprised 74.4% of all Index Crime arrests in 2010; juvenile arrests accounted for 25.6%. Crime in Hawaii 2010 also provides state and county data on the age, gender and race/ethnicity of arrestees.

The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index Crime rate decreased 9.1% in 2010, with the violent and property crime rates decreasing 4.2% and 9.5%, respectively. The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index and property crime rates in 2010 were the lowest on record since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.

Hawaii County’s Index Crime rate decreased 13.6% in 2010. Hawaii County’s violent crime rate increased 2.2%, and the property crime rate decreased 14.9%. Hawaii County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2010 were the lowest in the State of Hawaii, and the lowest on record for Hawaii County since the start of data collection in 1975.

The total Index Crime rate in Maui County increased 1.3% in 2010, the violent crime rate decreased 17.3%, and the property crime rate rose 2.3%. Maui County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2010 were the highest in the State of Hawaii.

The Index Crime rate in Kauai County decreased 12.6% in 2010. Kauai County’s violent crime rate increased 7.8% while the property crime rate fell 14.2%. Kauai County’s violent crime rate in 2010 was the highest in the State of Hawaii, and the highest on record for Kauai County since the start of data collection in 1975.

Twenty-five murders were reported statewide in 2010. Males comprised 44.0% of the murder victims and 92.0% of the alleged offenders. The breakdown for the relationship between victims and offenders in 2010 includes: acquaintance, 29.6% (8); stranger, 22.2% (6); girlfriend/boyfriend, 22.2% (6); immediate family, 14.8% (4); spouse, 7.4% (2); and unknown relationship, 3.7% (1).

Of the 3,226 murders, robberies, and aggravated assaults reported statewide during 2010, 48.8% were committed using strongarm weapons (i.e., hands, fists, and feet); 25.8% with “other” or unknown weapons; 16.6% with knives or other edged weapons; and 8.8% with firearms.

Over $81 million in property value was reported stolen in the State of Hawaii during 2010, down 7.2% from the figure reported for 2009. Of the total value stolen in 2010, 26.5% was recovered, up slightly from 26.2% recovered in 2009.

In 2010, 314 assaults on Hawaii’s police officers were recorded (a rate of 10.7 assaults per 100 officers). Crime in Hawaii 2010 also provides data on the time of day, type of assignment, and the weapons used in assaults against police officers.

On October 31, 2010, a total of 2,988 police officers and 778 civilians were employed by the four county police departments, denoting a 0.9% decrease in both officers and civilians from the figures reported for October 31, 2009.

*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, 2010

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

City & County of Honolulu
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record low property crime rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

Hawaii County
Record low total Index Crime rate.
Record low property crime rate.
Record low murder rate.
Record low burglary rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

Maui County
Record low burglary rate.
Record low larceny-theft rate.

Kauai County
Record high violent crime rate.
Record high aggravated assault rate.

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