THE number of calls received by Hampshire Constabulary’s control room this Halloween dropped compared to last year.

Between 4pm and 11.59pm on October 31, 359 emergency calls to 999 and 897 non-emergency calls to 101 were made. Calls to both numbers were down on those made during Halloween 2011.

Some 197 of the calls made to the force were incidents of antisocial behaviour – a drop of 102 incidents compared to last year.

In the run up to Halloween, Hampshire Constabulary distributed thousands of ‘No trick or treat’ posters to vulnerable and elderly residents for them to display by their front doors to deter unwanted visitors. Local shops were also encouraged to display posters stating that they would not be selling eggs or flour to anyone under the age of 16 in the week before Halloween.

During October the ‘Halloween – No trick or treat’ page available on the Hampshire Constabulary website got more than 4,000 hits.