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

Nhulunbuy Crime statistics continue to remain low and it is pleasing to see further reductions in personal and property offending during November. Domestic violence assaults continue to fall, with a 7 percent reduction in incidents from January to November compared to the same period in 2017, however all the assaults reported related to domestic violence which is very sad. 

There has been a 36 percent reduction in residential break-ins and a 23 percent reduction in commercial break-ins over the same 11 month period. This can be attributed to the important work between stakeholders and the community to mutually support each other to increase community safety and resilience.

It is encouraging to see that alcohol involvement in offending is declining and that the community continues to take these issues seriously. As such Police will continue to work with local licenced premises and the community to further reduce the drivers of harm. This includes continued targeting of antisocial behaviour, secondary supply of alcohol and the supply of illicit substances.

Community and youth engagement remains a high priority for Northern Command, as such local Community Engagement Police will continue their work with community and stakeholders in the lead up and through the school holiday period. Police attended a number of community activities in November and look forward to the next few months where they will be engaging with youth to maintain the strong relationship.

It is a timely reminder for road users to be conscious of their actions especially during long distance travel. Drive to the conditions and slow down it is better to arrive late than not at all. Don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, always wear your seatbelts, monitor your fatigue and don’t drive with distractions such as mobile devices. This will help us to make our roads as safe as they can be.

If you don’t have an emergency kit and a plan to survive a severe weather event now is the time to make those preparations. For information please visit or head to the Northern Territory (NT) Emergency Service website where you can find helpful tips on what to do during cyclones and flooding.


Police continue to promote crime prevention strategies, with tips and information on the Neighbourhood Watch NT website. We would also encourage members of the public to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour, including the secondary supply of alcohol. Police can be reached on 000 if the matter is urgent or 131 444. Callers to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 can remain anonymous.