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.

Across the Darwin Metropolitan Command the reduction in property offences is continuing. Residential house break-ins are down by 29% in Darwin and 4% in Palmerston. Commercial business break-ins are down by 23% and Motor Vehicle theft and related offences are down by 23% (Darwin) and 22% (Palmerston) for the 12 month period ending April 2018 compared with the 12 month period ending April 2017.

After a recent spike in property crime across the Darwin-Palmerston area, Strikeforce Trident has been bolstered with six additional members, which has allowed for the effective reduction in crime. Frontline 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 home) with car keys being kept out of sight is contributing to the reduction in property crime.

We also continue to encourage community members to find out more about and become involved with Neighbourhood Watch by visiting the Neighbourhood Watch NT webpage, which contains some excellent tips about crime prevention and enhancing home security.

Alcohol-fuelled assaults and antisocial behaviour continue to be a problem in Darwin (including Casuarina) and Palmerston. Police are working closely with other Government and non-Government departments to coordinate responses and attempt to prevent these behaviours. Police will keep implementing operations focussed on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour, including operations focused around the supply of alcohol.

A recent operation in the Darwin CBD (Operation Wilton) focussed on alcohol harm and provided a high visibility response to antisocial behaviour and unlawful alcohol consumption. Proactive policing measures such as Operation Wilton will continue, with a focus on areas that are over represented in local intelligence briefings.

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