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Crime in Hawaii, 1998

NCJ Number
James Richmond; Paul Perrone
Date Published
August 1999
188 pages
This report explains the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and presents statistics on the nature and extent of crime and arrests reported by police agencies through the Hawaii UCR Program during 1998.
The index crime rate in Hawaii decreased 11 percent in 1998 and 26 percent during the last 3 years to reach its second lowest point during the 24 years that the State has collected crime statistics. Ninety-five percent of the index crimes in Hawaii in 1998 were property crimes, compared to 88 percent nationally. The number of reported index crimes decreased in all eight offense categories in Hawaii from 1997 to 1998. Violent offenses declined 10.78 percent. The total number of arrests statewide decreased 9.8 percent in 1998. The number of adult arrests decreased by 8.3 percent, while juvenile arrests dropped by 14.4 percent. The State experienced 120 larceny-thefts, 31 burglaries, 15 motor vehicle thefts, 4 aggravated assaults, 3 robberies, 1 forcible rape, and 1 arson every 24 hours during 1998. One murder was reported approximately every 15 days. Honolulu had the highest rate of violent crimes and raised the States overall rate to a higher level than in any of the three neighbor island counties, because Honolulu had 73 percent of the State's resident population. Maui County had the highest rate of property crimes, partly due to having the highest relative tourist population, not included in the resident population used to calculate crime rates. Tables; figures; and appended definitions, data on assaults on police officers, and population estimates