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Crime Down 27% in August from Previous Month

Nikki Schenfeld · September 12, 2017, 1:00 PM HST (Updated September 12, 2017, 1:02 PM) · 26 Comments
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Maui police responded to 78 burglaries, 55 vehicle thefts and 90 vehicle break-ins in Maui County for the month of August. Two of the burglaries happened on Lānaʻi and one of the vehicle thefts occurred on Molokaʻi.

Crime for these types of incidents decreased 26.6% with a total of 223 incidents reported in August, compared to the 304 incidents reported in July.

Here is a map of where the incidents have occurred since Aug. 1, 2017. Red is burglaries, yellow is vehicle break-ins and blue is vehicle thefts.*

90 Vehicle Break-Ins

There was a notable decrease (36%) in vehicle break-ins compared to July, which had 140.

Fifty-one of the vehicles were 2015 or newer, the most broken into cars were as follows:

  • 17 were Nissan, five were Altima’s
  • 14 were Ford
  • 9 were Toyota
  • 8 were Jeep, seven were Wranglers
  • 8 were Honda, four were CR-V’s
  • 7 were Chevrolet

There were seven break-ins at Twin Falls in August compared to the 12 break-ins the month before. However, following numerous reports of break-ins in the area, police set up surveillance on Tuesday, Aug. 8, and arrested a man for breaking into a vehicle. There were no break-ins reported at the area the rest of the month. The break-ins at Twin Falls occurred on Tuesday’s between 2:30 and 4:15 p.m., Wednesday’s between 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m., and Sunday’s between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Haʻikū had 10 vehicle break-ins in August, all of them occurred at Twin Falls or Bamboo Forest. Only one break-in occurred in Haʻikū after the arrest was made, that was at Bamboo Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Possibly due to the arrest, Haʻikū had a 48% decrease in break-ins from July. There were 19 reported in July, 16 of them occurred at Bamboo Forrest and Twin Falls.

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The majority of vehicle break-ins occurred in Kīhei with 15, followed by Kahului with 12, and Lahaina with 11.

Kahului had a 50% decrease in break-ins in August, down from the 24 in July, Kīhei saw two less break-ins from the 17 the month before, and Lahaina saw two more break-ins from the month before.

Pāʻia had a 69% decrease in August, when 17 were reported the month before. Of the seven break-ins in August, three occurred at Hoʻokipa and one occurred at the Pāʻia Municipal Parking Lot.

Mākena had five break-ins reported in August, down from the 12 the month before. Two of the break-ins occurred at Big Beach, down from the eight that were reported in July.

Kapalua remained the same with four break-ins reported. All of the break-ins occurred at Honolua Bay, two of them occurred on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 9:10 a.m. and 8:23 p.m., and two of them occurred on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 12:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m.

Makawao had four break-ins in August, down from the eight in July. None were reported at Waihou Springs Trail which had six the month before.

Wailea had an increase in break-ins with three, up from the zero reported the month before. Two of those break-ins occurred at the Ulua/Mokapu Beach parking lot.

Hāna had an increase as well with three reported, up from the one reported the month before.

Waiheʻe had no break-ins reported compared from the two the month before.

Wailuku and Nāpili each had two break-ins occur, both down from the three the month before.

Kula and Spreckelsville also had two incidents reported, up from one the month before, and down from the six in July, respectively.

Waiehu remained the same with one break-in reported. Māʻalaea and Kāʻanapali also had one break-in reported in August, down from the four and five reported the month before, respectively.

55 Vehicle Thefts

Vehicle thefts decreased 37% in August, down from the 87 thefts reported in July.

The majority of thefts occurred in Kahului with 18, down from the 25 the month before, followed by Kīhei with 12, also down from the 19 reported in July.

Wailuku saw a decrease when three were reported stolen in August, down from the nine the month before and Lahaina had four vehicles reported stolen, down from the seven in July.

Haʻikū, Pāʻia and Kula each had three stolen vehicles reported, Haʻikū remained unchanged from the month before, Pāʻia and Kula each had two more incidents reported.

Pukalani, Makawao and Nāpili had two stolen vehicles reported in August. Pukalani had one reported the month before, Makawao had three and Nāpili had four.

Kāʻanapali had one reported stolen vehicles in August, down from the five in July.

Māʻalaea and Waiehu had no thefts reported in August, down from the three thefts reported in July.

Spreckelsville and Wailea remained unchanged from the month before with zero thefts.

77 burglaries

Burglaries remained around the same with one less burglary reported in August then the month before.

The majority of burglaries occurred in Kahului with 18 which remained unchanged from the month before, followed by Kīhei with 14, up from the 10 in July.

Lahaina saw a jump in burglaries in August with nine, up from the three the month before.

Wailuku saw a decrease in burglaries with six reported in August, down from the 10 the month before as did Haʻikū which had five reported, down from the eight in July.

The other neighborhoods remained similar to the month before.

Pukalani, Kula and Nāpili saw a decrease from the month before with two, three, and one, respectively.

Pāʻia had three, up from the two in July, Hāliʻimaile had two reported compared to the one the previous month, and Makawao had four reported when three were reported in July.

Wailea and Waiehu had two reported, up from the one the month before.

Kāʻanapali, Kapalua and Waihee had zero burglaries reported in August.

Here is a map of where the incidents have occurred since Aug. 1, 2017. Red is burglaries, yellow is vehicle break-ins and blue is vehicle thefts.*

*The locations are provided by a report from Maui Police Department, not all of the locations are the exact location where the crime occurred, unless otherwise specified. Locations listed are on the same block where the incidents occurred, but may not have occurred in that exact location on the map. i.e: 300 block of XYZ St. will show where the 300 block of XYZ street is located.

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