Northern Commander's message

Commander Michael Hebb leads the Northern Command, which includes the Katherine, Central and Northern Divisions.

The crime statistics for the Northern Command are demonstrating that there are successes in some areas with reducing crime, but they also highlight opportunity for further reductions.

Whilst property crime is still up when looking at year on year data within the Katherine region, including Motor Vehicle and Related Offences (up 37%) when comparing 12 months ending March 2019 with the previous 12 months, there have been reductions achieved over the past few months in a number of areas.  Operation Pelion was launched by Police in Katherine in February 2019, and is designed to prevent and respond to property crime.  This operation is a multifaceted approach to crime reduction through targeting recidivist offenders and reduce offender’s opportunity to commit crime. A key focus is working closer with repeat victims.

Commercial break-ins for the Katherine Division are up 117% when comparing the 12 months ending March 2019 to the previous 12 months ending March 2018.  Whilst this data is the current 12 months compared to previous 12 months, it should be noted that there has been a consistent reduction on commercial break-ins over the past four months which is demonstrated in the table below.  Likewise, house break-ins are currently up when considered over a 12 month comparison, but there have also been reductions over recent months.

Total assaults captured for Katherine Division show a 4% increase for the 12 months ending March 2019, compared to the 12 months ending March 2018.  But, this is a reduction from being 8% up (12 months ending February 2019) and 13% up (12 months ending January 2019).


House Break-ins

Commercial Break-ins

12 months ending Dec 2018 compared to 12 months ending Dec 2017

Up 9%

Up 27%

Up 223%

12 months ending Jan 2019 compared to 12 months ending Jan 2018

Up 13%

Up 34%

Up 202%

12 months ending Feb 2019 compared to 12 months ending Feb 2018

Up 8%

Up 23%

Up 132%

12 months ending Mar 2019 compared to 12 months ending Mar 2018

Up 4%

Up 11%

Up 117%


Total offences against the person for the Nhulunbuy region is down 16% for the 12 month period ending March 2019 when compared to the previous 12 month period.  The total property offences for the Nhulunbuy region is down 26% for the 12 month period ending March 2019, when compared to the previous 12 month period, with house break-ins being down 56% and commercial break-ins being down 49%, but motor vehicle and related offences are up 38%, being an increase of six offences.  Nhulunbuy Police are continuing to engage and work with other agencies and local groups to identify and implement crime prevention strategies across the region.

As we enter the ‘dry season’ it is timely to remember to take care on the roads, as there are increases in the number of road users, with tourists travelling through the Northern Territory.  Plan your trips well ahead and to factor in the potential of additional traffic.  The public are urged to be well rested before driving long distances to and closely monitor fatigue levels.  Remember; Drive So Others Survive.

Police will continue to promote crime prevention strategies, with tips and information being found on the Neighbourhood Watch NT web page, as well as the NT Government Biz Secure program to help eligible Territory businesses improve their security against the risk of break-ins. Owners of licensed premises in the Northern Territory may be also be eligible to apply for funding to protect alcohol stock from theft and damage. Further information on this funding initiative can be found at Alcohol Secure.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour via 000 if the matter is urgent or to 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. The reporting of all crime, suspicious and antisocial behaviour allows officers to address the offending promptly. It also helps the NT Police Force ensure our intelligence teams are able to best direct police patrols to identified crime and antisocial hotspots across the Northern Command.