In December 2010 and 2011, daily calls to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office averaged 650 and 680. On Christmas Day, however, calls fell to the high 300s to low 400s.
Christmas Eve tends to stay around the average, but Christmas and the day after usually stay lower than normal, police records show.
Deputies still hit the road, but the calls are of a less severe nature. Traffic complaints, burglary alarm activations and verbal disagreements top the list.
In 2008, a Christmas Day domestic dispute ended with a SWAT team member shooting and injuring a woman as she held a knife to the throat of a 5-year-old.
Lt. Blaise Dresser said the past few Christmases have been relatively problem-free, but that can’t be a gauge to predict crime this year.
“Every year is different,” he said. “We don’t know what stresses will be on people this holiday season.”