The State of Safety in Hawaii 2021

The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the third annual State of Safety report.

State of Safety in Hawaii

2021 Hawaii crime rates

Hawaii’s violent crime rate of 2.9 incidents per 1,000 people is lower than the national rate of 3.7, but it’s 16% higher than what the state reported last year (2.5). Hawaii is tied with Washington for the second-lowest violent crime rate in the Pacific region, just behind Oregon at 2.8 incidents per 1,000.

The property crime rate in The Aloha State is higher than both national and regional rates, although it dropped statewide year over year. Between 2020 and 2021, the property crime rate fell 1%, from 28.7 incidents per 1,000 to 28.4. Despite that decrease, Hawaii reports seven more property crime incidents per capita than the nationwide average.

Hawaii crime rates: violent crime 2.9, property crime 28.4

Level of concern and experience with crime in Hawaii

Hawaii is more concerned about nearly every crime issue than most Americans. The outlier is gun violence—45% of Hawaiians worry about gun violence happening to them (vs. a 41% national average).

Hawaii is more concerned about the pandemic than any other state, with 80% worrying about it every day.

Despite heightened levels of concern, reported experience with crime held steady or dropped across the board year over year. Experience with violent crime fell 55% and property crime experiences dropped 25% between 2020 and 2021. Experience with gun violence remained unchanged at 4%, which is half of the national average of 8%.

Package theft is the second-most-concerning crime issue (53% versus 42% nationally) in Hawaii, but fewer residents were victims of porch pirates (16% versus 20% nationally).

Crime concerns in Hawaii

We asked Hawaii residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Hawaiians are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.

View the complete 2021 State of Safety report.

Violent crime in Hawaii: Fear vs. reality

Violent crime is consistently lower in Hawaii than the national average, although The Aloha State saw a slight rise in violent crime incidents per capita this year.

  • Daily concern about violent crime is 4 percentage points higher in Hawaii, but both self-reported personal experience and the FBI violent crime rate are below national averages.
  • Aggravated assault is the most common violent crime and makes up 52% of all violent crime in Hawaii, compared to 68% nationwide.
  • Robberies account for 28% of all violent crime statewide, compared to 22% nationally.
  • 41% named gun violence their top safety concern, compared to 53% across the country.
  • There were no mass shooting incidents in Hawaii in the past 2 years, and officer-involved shootings decreased from 9 in 2019 to 7 incidents in 2020.
  • 32% of survey respondents use some kind of personal protection like pepper spray (US 34%).
  • 60% say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic—36% more than the rest of the US.
Violent crime rate trend in Hawaii 2019 - 2021

Property crime in Hawaii: Fear vs. reality

Property crime decreased year over year in The Aloha State, but it’s the most concerning crime issue for Hawaiians.

  • Experience with property crime fell from 24% last year to 18% this year, which matches the national average.
  • Honolulu’s property crime rate is 30.0 incidents per 1,000—6% higher than the state rate and 42% higher than the national rate.
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime, making up 74% of all property crime incidents (US 73%).
  • Burglaries are less common in Hawaii, accounting for 13% of all property crime compared to 16% nationwide.
  • 66% of survey respondents use some kind of measure to protect their property (US 62%) and security systems are used most often (33% versus 25% nationally).
  • 33% say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).

The safest cities in Hawaii

For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

We couldn’t rank the safest cities in Hawaii this year due to limited information reported to the FBI. Honolulu was the only city that provided data to the FBI in 2019 (the most recent year for which data is available). Honolulu’s crime rates are detailed below.

Honolulu map
Honolulu
  • Circle Population
    Population
    974,902
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $71,465
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    2.7, 2.5, 2.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2021, 2020, 2019
    30.0, 28.7, 28.4

How we determined the safest cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to make a safe home anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we encourage everyone to be proactive about home security. Learn more about your home security options—and find out which companies we recommend for every budget and lifestyle in our roundup of the Best Home Security Systems.

Find the safest cities in each state

Click on the state image or dropdown menu below to check out the safest cities for each state.

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Sources

FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting Program, “2019 Crime in the United States,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed November 18, 2020.

Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 6, 2021.

Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 15, 2021.

Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 15, 2021.

For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

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