Malibu, CA
Crime Rates


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Malibu, CA crime analytics

The crime rate in Malibu is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 30 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Malibu is 1 in 33. Based on FBI crime data, Malibu is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to California, Malibu has a crime rate that is higher than 74% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

Importantly, when you compare Malibu to other communities of similar population, then Malibu crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Malibu does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Malibu does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Malibu.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Malibu occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Malibu; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 480. This equates to a rate of 2 per one thousand inhabitants.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Malibu's rate for property crime is 28 per one thousand population. This makes Malibu a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Malibu is one in 36.

Malibu Crime Data


Crime Index


(100 is safest)

Safer than 19% of U.S. Cities

Malibu Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes




Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)




Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Malibu 2.08
California 4.26

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 480

in Malibu

1 in 235

in California


Population: 12,965
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 0 8 8 11
Rate per 1,000 0.00 0.62 0.62 0.85


Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Malibu 27.92
California 26.18

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 36

in Malibu

1 in 38

in California

Malibu Property CRIMES

Population: 12,965
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 84 256 22
Rate per 1,000 6.48 19.75 1.70

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Malibu Crimes Per Square Mile

Malibu 20
California 90