Serious crime in Marina del Rey dropped 6.7% in the first 10 months of the year, led by a decline in reported assaults, larceny and rape.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department figures show 686 serious crimes reported at the marina from January to October, compared with 735 in the same period last year. The marina, an unincorporated part of the county, is patrolled by sheriff's deputies.
Two rapes were reported this year, compared with four last year. Larceny cases dropped from 458 to 396, assaults from 76 to 58 and arson cases from two to none. There were no murders.
On the other hand, robberies increased from 23 last year to 28, vehicle thefts from 89 to 107 and burglaries from 83 to 95.
Capt. Clarence Chapman, head of the sheriff's Marina substation, said the department fielded a special team to reduce street crime during the summer and is working to combat auto thefts in the area.