Crime in Hawaii 2011 (Annual)

November 15, 2012 – Hawaii’s Index Crime* rate decreased in 2011, down 4.9% from the rate reported for 2010, to reach a record low level.

A total of 47,340 Index Crimes were reported statewide in 2011, yielding a rate of 3,443 offenses per 100,000 resident population. The violent Index Crime rate in Hawaii decreased 4.8% in 2011, and the property Index Crime rate decreased 4.9%, reaching its lowest level on record for the State of Hawaii. Hawaii’s total, violent, and property Index Crime rates in 2011 were, respectively, 43.0%, 3.8%, and 44.8% below the rates reported a decade earlier (2002).

Other highlights of Crime in Hawaii 2011 include the following:

The rate of reported offenses for all violent Index Crimes decreased for the State of Hawaii in 2011: murder decreased 16.9%, forcible rape decreased 7.4%, robbery decreased 7.7%, and aggravated assault decreased 2.8%. There were 3,466 violent Index Crimes reported in the State of Hawaii in 2011, representing a rate of 252.1 offenses per 100,000 residents.

Reported rates of offenses also decreased for all of the property Index Crimes in the State of Hawaii during 2011: burglary, 7.2%; larceny-theft, 2.4%; and motor vehicle theft, 16.3%. The burglary and larceny-theft rates in 2011 were at record low levels. The State of Hawaii’s property Index Crime rate in 2011 was 3,191 offenses per 100,000 residents.

The number of statewide Index Crime arrests increased 3.4% in 2011. Arrests for violent and property Index Crimes increased 2.5% and 3.6%, 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 15.4% in 2010 to 16.5% in 2011.

Adult arrests comprised 77.3% of all Index Crime arrests in 2011; juvenile arrests accounted for 22.7%. Crime in Hawaii 2011 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 4.9% in 2011, with the violent and property crime rates decreasing 8.3% and 4.7%, respectively. The City & County of Honolulu’s total Index and property crime rates in 2011 were the lowest on record since the start of statewide data collection in 1975.

Hawaii County’s total Index Crime rate decreased 9.0% in 2011. Hawaii County’s violent crime rate decreased 3.6%, and the property crime rate decreased 9.5%. Hawaii County’s total Index and property crime rates in 2011 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 decreased 6.1% in 2011, the violent crime rate increased 22.5%, and the property crime rate dropped 7.4%. Maui County’s violent crime rate in 2011 was the lowest in the State of Hawaii, and their total Index and property crime rates in 2011 were the lowest on record for Maui County since the start of data collection in 1975.

* 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, 2011

State of Hawaii
Record low total Index Crime rate
Record low property crime rate
Record low murder rate
Record low robbery rate
Record low burglary rate
Record low larceny-theft rate
Record low arson rate

City & County of Honolulu
Record low total Index Crime rate
Record low property crime rate
Record low murder rate
Record low forcible rape rate
Record low robbery rate
Record low burglary rate
Record low larceny-theft rate
Record low arson rate

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

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

Kauai County
None