Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

Commander James O’Brien SC has responsibility for the Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston, and Darwin Metropolitan Support Divisions.

Continuing the downward trend in property offending across the Darwin Metropolitan Command through December, Darwin has now posted the lowest monthly property crime rates in two years. This again highlights the efforts of the community in working with and supporting frontline Police in preventing crime. The continued messaging regarding locking doors and keeping car keys out sight continues to yield positive outcomes with a 19% (Darwin) and 9% (Palmerston) reduction in motor vehicle theft and related offences for year ending December compared with the year ending December 2016.

Even though the Christmas holiday period is behind us for another year, don’t let complacency gain a foothold. Continue to secure your premises and your vehicles to reduce opportunistic crime.

If you require assistance directly relating to residential and business crime prevention initiatives, including Biz Secure grants and other crime prevention strategies, you can speak with officers from the Community and Youth Engagement Team at ‘Coffee with a Cop’ or at an upcoming community event. For more information you can contact the team by emailing CommunityandYouthEngagement.PFES@pfes.nt.gov.au.

Police will shortly be launching two new Operations, Operation Canning and Operation Nevada, to target alcohol fuelled violence in Darwin. Along with our partner agencies, we will be targeting particular locations that require a disproportionate allocation of Police and partner agency resources. The ultimate goal is to be able to dedicate more resources in a preventative space.

As we saw and experienced with the Daly River flood evacuations, the wet season is well and truly upon us. Households should ensure their family cyclone kit is prepared and have a plan in place. Additionally, with the wet we can expect to be driving in more difficult conditions.  www.Securent.nt.gov.au is a trusted source of information on weather and road related emergencies events and closures. There have been far too many people in recent weeks that have had to be rescued by Emergency Services due to being stranded or washed off flooded waterways.  If it is flooded, forget it.

Police will to continue to conduct a number of high profile traffic enforcement campaigns over the coming months and drivers are reminded of the fatal five: 

  • speeding;
  • drink and drug driving;
  • failure to wear a seatbelt;
  • driving while fatigued; and
  • distraction and inattention

It is a new school year for many children and parents new to Darwin, please drive with caution around school zones.

If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think NT Police need to be aware of, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).