New HPD figures track big spike in homicides, other violent crimes on Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – It has been a deadly 12 months on Oahu.

In the first 4 months of the yr, there have been 13 murder victims, in accordance to recently-unveiled stats from the Honolulu Law enforcement Division.

Which is extra than double the determine at the identical time final yr.

And in 2019, prior to the pandemic, Oahu noted just a few murders from January through April.

Homicides spike in first part of 2022
Homicides spike in to start with component of 2022(None)

Robberies are up as well, although not as noticeably. Aggravated assaults are up a little bit.

Robbery numbers from Jan - April 2022
Robbery figures from Jan – April 2022(None)

In the meantime, there have been 90 rapes documented, which is on par with 2019′s range of 93.

Non-violent crimes, like theft and larceny, are down.

But vehicle thefts jumped ― with 1,500 as opposed to virtually 1,300 very last 12 months.

Auto theft numbers on Oahu from Jan - April
Automobile theft numbers on Oahu from Jan – April(None)

The data occur amid increasing fears of a criminal offense surge on Oahu.

Police have expended substantially of the past two many years enforcing COVID limits and there is a critical scarcity of officers ― with extra than 300 vacancies at HPD.

“A lot of officers are leaving earlier in their profession,” explained Robert Cavaco, president of the Point out of Hawaii Group of Law enforcement Officers.

“Trying to maintain them in is a obstacle and making an attempt to carry them in is a challenge,” Cavaco stated.

University of Hawaii Criminology Professor Meda Chesney-Lind explained HPD leaders will need to be much more clear and open to community input when it will come to battling crime.

Aggravated Assault numbers from Jan - April 2022
Aggravated Assault figures from Jan – April 2022(None)

“They want to interact with the community,” Lind explained. “That has been a challenge usually with HPD, is there is not as vigorous an exertion as I’d like to see in conditions of community outreach.”

Lind mentioned it doesn’t aid that the Honolulu Law enforcement Commission is getting additional than a calendar year to hire a new chief. Hawaii Information Now did talk to the Interim Chief Rade Vanic for comment on the crime figures and ways HPD is working to deal with the challenges, but he declined an interview.

HNN was instructed Vanic will rather answer thoughts from the commissioners at Thursday’s conference.

The fee is also predicted to reveal the list of finalists for the prime career.

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