Drop in calls to the police

There was a drop in the number of calls to police over incidents of anti-social behaviour over the Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night period in the county , latest figures reveal.

Police say this year in 
Derbyshire on Hallowe’en there were 337 incidents reported , compared to 392 last year – a reduction of 14 per cent.

Between November 2 and November 6 this year there were 906 incidents, compared to 1,379 in 2011, a drop of 34 per cent.

It is always a busy time of year for officers, in particular Safer Neighbourhood teams and it is common to see an increase in the number of calls for service for anti-social behaviour incidents, said a spokeswoman.

Each year Derbyshire police hand out free posters to discourage unwanted trick or treaters from calling on residents, including the elderly and vulnerable.

Officers also hand out posters to shopkeepers that informs customers that eggs and flour will not be sold to anyone under the age of 16.

This time each policing section stepped up proactive patrols in their areas to increase the uniformed presence on the streets.

Special Constables were also on duty assisting Safer Neighbourhood teams in helping to keep residents feeling safe.