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Malibu Crime Up 24 Percent, Report Shows

While the number of burglaries stayed about the same, the number of thefts increased last year in Malibu, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

Malibu's crime rate jumped up 24 percent in 2012 compared with the previous year, with a notable increase in the number of thefts in the quiet beach-side community, according to a report released Wednesday.

Between 2011 and 2012, 343 incidents ranging from burglary to assaults and other "part one" crimes, which encompass thefts and violent crimes, were reported to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.

There were 275 reported incidents the year before, according to the report.

In the last 12 months, larceny theft and burglary were the most frequently reported crimes, the findings show.

There were 233 thefts in 2012, up 32 percent from 176 in the previous year. A total of 78 burglaries were reported, compared to 77 in 2011.

No murders took place for the second year in a row.

Overall, the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station saw an 5 percent decrease in crime, according to the report.

Malibu is patrolled by Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's deputies. Other cities include Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County.

More than 100 pages of crime statistic details can be viewed at www.lasd.org by clicking on the "crime prevention and information" page.

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