Northern Commander's message

Acting Commander Warren Jackson has responsibility for the
Northern Command, which includes the Northern and Road Policing, Firearms and East Arnhem Divisions

Moderate increases in both property and personal crime were experienced in the period since February 2018. It is important to note that percentage increases can give a false appearance as the actual number of offences is quite small, but levels continue to be well below the averages experienced in other areas with similar populations. This situation has been achieved through continued collaborations between communities and police who have been working together to support local initiatives.

Darwin Traffic Operations, combined with Batchelor and Adelaide River Police, as well as Parks and Wildlife targeted traffic offending and antisocial behaviour over the Easter long weekend in Litchfield National Park. This is historically the busiest time of the year and an estimated 10,000 people travelled through the area. Overall police were impressed with the general level of compliance with very few issues identified.

Operation Autour was established about 18 months ago in response to a significant number of unlicensed firearm owners, unregistered firearms and to rectify any database anomalies. The small team has been working hard assisting people across the Northern Territory to get this in order. To date, the operation has reduced the number of outstanding firearms from 9,000 to 3,000 firearms, with a significant amount destroyed. The operation will continue until the vast majority of issues have been dealt with and the data supports our efforts to maintain effective control of legitimate firearms in the Territory.

Police urge the community to take the necessary precautions to ensure their property is secure, particularly if they’re leaving the area. Northern Command encourages people to report all suspicious activity and offending by reporting crimes to 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The community can access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website, which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.