Figures just released by Lincolnshire Police and reported on the BBC show that the county’s three armed response units were called out to 240 incidents in 2005 - a reduction of almost half on the 2001 figure of 450.
The teams deal with incidents involving guns, knives and other violent offences.
Armed response officer Carl Warrener, told the BBC he liked to think Lincolnshire was a safe place to live:
"There has certainly been a lot of media coverage about incidents involving knives and replica guns, not only in Lincolnshire but the country as a whole and hopefully the message is getting across.Let's hope we keep it that way by cutting crime even further next year.
"Dissuading people from using these types of weapons may account for the reduction.
"Thankfully in Lincolnshire, I like to think that it is a safe county and incidents involving firearms are very few and far between."