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 of crime over the previous months, the Darwin metropolitan area has still seen lower levels of property crime, with residential house unlawful entries down by 17% in Darwin and 4% in Palmerston. Commercial property unlawful entries are also down by 15% in Darwin. Motor vehicle theft and related offences are down by 13% in Darwin and 19% in Palmerston. Total property offences across the region are down 9% and total offences are down 5%.

Alcohol-related assault offences have increased by 12% across the region. Northern Territory Police continue to work closely with other government and non-government departments to coordinate responses and attempt to prevent violent offending. Police will continue to implement operations to address on alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour, with a number of operations focused around the supply of alcohol, including secondary supply. Operation Canning will continue over the coming months, with joint operations between Police and Territory Housing focusing on alcohol-related harm in and around high density public housing around Darwin. Operation Broadmarsh will also continue to focus on engagement with people living rough around Darwin in an attempt to link these people with appropriate support services.

Frontline police officers continue to work tirelessly to prevent and investigate property crime while our Community and Youth Engagement Officers work closely with the community to provide awareness around crime prevention. Home and vehicle security measures being undertaken by the community help support frontline police to prevent crime. Ensuring that vehicles are locked, valuables are not left unattended and houses are secured (even when you are home) with car keys being kept out of sight is contributing to a reduction in property crime.

We also continue to encourage community members to find out more about and become involved with Neighbourhood Watch by visiting their web page, which contains some excellent tips about crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile.
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). In a life threatening situation call 000 or call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 for other matters.