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 9% 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 15% increase in offences against the person, and property crime has seen an overall increase of 12% when compared to the previous year.

Unlawful entry of residential premises has a strong correlation with vehicles being stolen, and police are currently trialling Night Hawk Tyre Deflation Devices as a way to stop stolen vehicles on the street at night. Extra patrols are targeting high-risk suburbs at night time and have had some success intercepting suspicious people before they start offending.

Police continue to work with businesses and residents to provide crime prevention advice and support to reduce the incidence and impact of this offending, and 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.

Strike Force Trident targets property offending throughout the Darwin metropolitan area, and has been recently bolstered with extra staff as part of the Territory-wide Task Force Sonoma. Task Force Sonoma provides strategic oversight across responses and approaches to youth offending, to ensure the appropriate flexibility of police actions and identify avenues for collaboration and change.

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.

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, which 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.

Police from Northern Operations Division have been conducting targeted community engagement activities in conjunction with Neighbourhood Watch, most recently Gray, Coconut Grove and Karama. This has included house to house door knocks and setting up pop-up police stations in these locations to inform residents of local issues and home security measures that can be easily adopted.

We continue to encourage community members to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch by visiting the web page, which contains some excellent tips about crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile http://www.nhwnt.org.au/

A Crime Prevention and Safety Expo, in partnership with TIO, will be held in Darwin on 25 March 2017. We are inviting all home, car and business owners to attend this inaugural expo, specifically focused on educating and assisting the public on ways they can prevent crime at home and in their businesses.

The expo will have the following features:

  • Learn about security
  • Tips to keep your home, car and business safe
  • Safety Presentations
  • Q& A forum
  • Interactive displays

More information on the expo can be found here.

We continue to experience severe weather across the Top End, and Darwin Police activated emergency management arrangements recently in response to Tropical Cyclone Blanche. Please take the time to finalise your preparations for the possibility of a cyclone between now and end of April. 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 a cyclone 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.

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, and 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: 

MetropolitanSocialOrder&.EngagementUnit@pfes.nt.gov.au

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).