A fairly quiet holiday season for RNC

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Calls for service numbers down from previous years

People living On the Northeast Avalon may have seen more snowfall this Christmas, but it seems there’s been less crime.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, there were fewer dispatched calls between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30 this year than in the previous three years during the same period.

While no cases are being heard in Newfoundland Supreme Court during Christmas, provincial court in St. John’s is reporting a quiet holiday season, as Courtroom No. 7 continues to be in operation.

Const. Talia Murphy said as the holiday buzz calms down, so, normally, do calls to police.

“There is traditionally a drop in calls for services over that time period compared to the rest of the year,” Murphy told The Telegram Tuesday.

She said the reduced number of calls can come from a variety of causes, such as individuals being more aware of traffic checkpoints, businesses being closed, poor weather conditions and people generally slowing down.

According to Environment Canada, the region has seen about 100 centimetres of snow fall on the region so far — which is significantly higher than the average amount of 64.5 centimetres.

Another storm is expected to hit the area this weekend.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Environment Canada

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