Car break-ins, burglaries plague communities



While Westlake Village and surrounding communities are mostly free from the serious forms of crime, the area continues to be plagued with burglaries and car break-ins. Sheriff’s deputies say the vehicle-related crimes could be cut in half if residents would stop leaving personal articles and items of value in plain view.

The number of items stolen from unlocked vehicles is about the same as those taken from locked vehicles, but the overall number of burglaries has doubled in the past year, according to reports.

Deputies say thieves look into a car and if they see something they want, they take it.

At the local level, crime rates are measured by crimes per 10,000 people. In 2006, the rates for Part I crimes- those involving muder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, grand theft auto and arson- were as follows:






 In addition to the numbers above, deputies report an upward trend in

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, which covers a 180-mile area that includes Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, can be reached at (818) 878-1808.

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