Crime on Oahu steady through holiday season

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Jan 02 2014 07:15:01 AM HST

According to crime mapping reports, police in some districts were just as busy in some areas responding to calls after Christmas as they were before the holidays began. And in one area, they were even busier.

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Criminals on Oahu are not taking time off for the holidays, according to the latest information from Honolulu police.

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The information in a Honolulu Police Department crime mapping report shows officers in some districts were just as busy in some areas responding to calls after Christmas as they were before the holidays began.

In one area, they were even busier.

"We seen a slight increase in property crimes, burglaries or car thefts," said McCully resident Raymond Lalosin.

In Lalosin's neighborhood alone, there were 82 of those property crimes over the past week.

"I have a couple neighbors where they felt like staying home rather than going out because of a situation happening in the neighborhood," said Lalosin.

Car break-ins and thefts are expected during the holiday shopping season and they averaged about 15 times a week around Ala Moana Center, but only saw a drop to 10 times in the days after Christmas.

In Chinatown, after averaging 20 property crimes a week leading up to the holidays, it remained steady at 20 for the last seven days of the year.

In Waikiki, the number of property crimes actually jumped.  Leading up to Christmas, there was an average of 55 thefts, burglaries, stolen vehicles and car break-ins.  But, after the big day, there was a jump to more than 83 in the final week of 2013 -- just some of the 642 crimes that took place during that same time.

With Oahu averaging about 30,000 of these crimes each year, the holidays were just like any other week when it comes to crime.

"No holiday spirit from what I could see.  No changes in anything really," said Honolulu resident Abrahim Esker.  "This Christmas just passed without any shift in behavior."

The information in the report did not cover violent crimes.  There were some bright spots over the holidays.  Several areas did see a sizable reduction in property crimes, including parts of Kalihi and the Leeward Coast.

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