Fewer calls to police this Christmas

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POLICE enjoyed a quieter festive period this year as emergency calls over Christmas dropped in 2010 compared with the previous year.

Thames Valley Police, who take calls for the Milton Keynes area, received 619 calls on Christmas Day, compared to 746 in 2009 – a 17 per cent reduction.

Similarly, 999 calls on Boxing Day fell from 790 in 2009 to 749 in 2010 – a five per cent reduction.

However, there was an increase in the number of calls they received from midnight on New Year’s Eve to midday on New Year’s Day.

The figures from 2009/10 show that 1,421 emergency calls were made, but 1,539 were made this year.

Calls made to the non-emergency contact number also decreased on Christmas Day – 1,010 in 2009 to 895 in 2010 – and Boxing Day – 1,919 to 1,874 – but went up on New Year’s Day; 1,988 to 2,077.

Overall, the figures for the number of calls made to the police during the period. reveal a 1.5 per cent decrease across the region – from 7,784 in 2009 to 7,753 in 2010.