FREEZING temperatures have been good for one thing - helping keep criminals off the streets.
The middle fortnight in December was one of the quietest police can remember, with the hazardous conditions helping keep would-be crooks off the streets.
Chief inspector Andy Morgan, of Hounslow Police, said Tuesday (December 20) had been particularly quiet, with just 48 incidents recorded, compared with an average of 60-80.
"The best policemen you can have are the snow and ice," explained the officer, who has worked in the borough for the last decade.
"We've had more patrolling officers as usual in the run-up to Christmas, which will have played a part. More people being at home also helps reduce the number of burglaries.
"But I've no doubts the low crime rates are also down to the fact many of those who would be committing crimes are also at home because it's so cold."