Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message
Commander Brent Warren has responsibility for the Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Rural, and Northern Operations Divisions.
Darwin and the northern suburbs have experienced a 10% increase in property crime over the last 12 months, driven largely by an increase in break-ins to commercial and residential premises. Offences against the person in Darwin and the northern suburbs remain lower than recent years, with an 8% reduction from figures in the previous 12-month period.
Palmerston has experienced a 19% increase in offences against the person, and property crime has seen an overall increase of 16% when compared to the previous year.
Unlawful entry of residential premises has a strong correlation with vehicles being stolen. Police have embraced new technology, including the Night Hawk Tyre Deflation Devices as part of an ongoing trial to stop police pursuits and dangerous driving to reduce risk to the general public.
Police continue to work with businesses and residents to provide crime prevention advice and support to reduce the incidence and impact of this offending. Recently, pop-up police stations have been utilised at specific locations including the Darwin City Mall, Parap, Karama, and Moulden as part of a multi-faceted approach of crime prevention, awareness, engagement and enforcement. This strategy helps improve community resilience, enhances public perceptions of safety and delivers high-profile policing. It has been well received by the community and successful in reducing offending in the areas during operation.
This is supported by close cooperation with other patrol organisations such as Transport Safety Officers, Public Housing Safety Officers, Larrakia Night Patrol and Council Rangers. Police also work closely with Centre Management and Security at the Casuarina Square Shopping Precinct with regular meetings, an active police presence and open communication channels in place to address any emerging issues, including at the bus exchange. Community and Youth Engagement officers maintain relationships both in and outside the school environment to promote personal safety and support after school and community functions.
Extra staffing and the centralisation of Strike Force Trident at the Casuarina Police Station to target property offending throughout the Darwin metropolitan area has enabled effective police intervention on the current spike in property crime. Police have arrested more than 100 offenders for property related offending since 1 January, and continue using avenues such as fingerprint and DNA evidence, as well as CCTV footage, to support prosecutions.
The recent Crime Prevention and Safety Expo held on 25 March 2017 specifically focused on educating and assisting the public on ways they can prevent crime at home and in their businesses, and included security and safety presentations and tips, and interactive displays and forums. Over 600 people attended throughout the day.
We want to continue to reduce property crime and we urge all community members to apply the philosophy of the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign. This is a community safety initiative to reduce the likelihood of opportunistic crime and reduce the incidence of people, businesses and households becoming victims of crime.
We also continue to encourage community members to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch by visiting their web page, which contains some excellent tips about crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile http://www.nhwnt.org.au/.
Though the severe weather events season is coming to an end across the Top End, we encourage residents to remain aware over the coming weeks. Darwin Police activated emergency management arrangements recently in response to the Cyclone Watch and Warning issued throughout the Darwin area and Tiwi Islands, and severe weather affected the region. Planning for the cyclone season can help save lives, minimise property damage and help our community to cope during a cyclone. Information on how to prepare for weather events can be located on the Northern Territory Emergency Service internet page.
Darwin Police continue to maintain a proactive focus on responsible drinking in and around licensed premises, and road safety enforcement, in an effort to reduce the incidences of violence, anti-social behaviour and harm that is attributed to excessive and irresponsible alcohol consumption. Too often, police see the results of unsafe drinking practices and the effects that alcohol misuse has on the community. We want people to enjoy themselves and we will be targeting those that seek to impact on the enjoyment of others due to their poor behaviour and decisions. Segway patrols in the Darwin CBD have been re-introduced with the commencement of the events and tourist season, and has significantly increased our ability to respond to antisocial behaviour and public order issues.
The Metropolitan Social Order and Engagement Unit (MSOEU) operate from the Nightcliff Police Station, using it as a patrol base for their operations across the Northern Suburbs and Darwin. This is complemented by the Palmerston Social Order Unit. These two units target alcohol fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour in hot spot areas across the Darwin Metropolitan region through public spaces patrols on foot, bicycle, motorcycle and vehicle.
The MSOEU rely on information and support from the local community. You are encouraged to report antisocial behaviour issues using the Police Assistance Line 131 444 or contacting MSOEU staff directly at:
We actively encourage you to discuss local issues with your local team, so please feel free to contact your local Police Superintendent as follows:
If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think the Police need to be aware of, you can also call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).