Burglaries on Oahu are down according to numbers just released by the Honolulu Police Department.
They made the announcement during Tuesday’s “National Night Out” event at the Town Center of Mililani.
It’s a chance for police to thanks citizens groups for helping to keep our neighborhoods safe.
It was a night of fun for the neighborhood security watch groups.
They deserve it. After all, they work hard year round as the eyes and ears of their communities.
Monique Ocampo lives in public housing in Nanakuli.
“There’s definitely less crime in our area,” Ocampo said.
Thanks to their patrolling of their area.
“We go at least twice a week,” Ocampo said.
“The backbone of our crime prevention is the neighborhood security watches,” HPD Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro said.
The Neighborhood Security Watch program started on Oahu in 1980.
Over the years, participation has grown. Currently, there are 774 neighborhood watch programs and citizens patrol groups island-wide, with an estimated 10,837 homes participating.
“It’s about making a difference where you live,” Ocampo said.
The HPD just released its preliminary crime data for all of 2012.
There were 4,706 burglaries on Oahu in 2012, compared to 5,373 in 2012.
That’s down 12.4 percent, and that’s also the lowest amount of burglaries on Oahu in single year over the past decade.
“So thank you, thank you very much for all your efforts,” Kajihiro said.
This is the 30th year for “National Night Out.”
If you want to organize a citizens patrol group or neighborhood security watch for anywhere on Oahu, contact the HPD:
HPD Community Policing:
District 1 (Central Honolulu) Community Policing Team 808-529-3695
District 2 (Mililani / Wahiawa / North Shore) Community Policing Team 808-723-8710
District 3 (Pearl City) Aiea/Pearl City Community Policing Team 808-723-8805 Waipahu Community Policing Team 808-723-8864
District 4 (Kaneohe / Kailua / Kahuku) Community Policing Team 808-723-8874
District 5 (Kalihi- From Salt Lake to Nuuanu) Community Policing Team 808-723-8230
District 6 (Waikiki) Community Policing Team 808-723-3349
District 7 (East Honolulu) Community Policing Team 808-723-3352
District 8 (Kapolei / Waianae) Community Policing Team 808-723-8411
HPD Community Affairs Division 808-723-3475