Crime in the U.S. 1999 – Hawaii Improves National Crime Ranking

October 18, 1999 — To coincide with the FBI’s release of Crime in the United States, 1998, State Attorney General Earl Anzai’s Research & Statistics Branch utilized current and previously published FBI data to prepare comparative statistics for crime in Hawaii.

Even with Hawaii’s dramatic 26% crime rate decrease from 1995 to 1998, the state’s 1998 rate of 53 offenses per 1000 residents was 15% higher than the comparable national average of 46 offenses. However, this marks a significant improvement since 1995 when Hawaii’s rate was 37% higher than the national average. In 1998, Hawaii also improved its annual rankings among the 50 states and District of Columbia, falling from ninth to thirteenth highest for the overall crime rate, sixth to ninth highest for property crime, and forty-first to forty-fifth highest for violent crime.

Among the nation’s 15 largest participating cities from 1995 to 1998, the City & County of Honolulu, ranked ninth largest in population, reported the eleventh highest crime rate in 1998. There was an average 16% three-year crime rate decrease among these cities; Honolulu’s 29% decrease was the third largest reduction. (See 15-city breakdown)

Crime in the United States, 1998 is available at the FBI’s web site at Crime in Hawaii 1998: A Review of Uniform Crime Reports is available here.