Southern Commander's message

Acting Commander Jody Nobbs has responsibility for the Southern Command, which includes the Southern Desert, Southern Investigations and Alice Springs Divisions.

Offences against the person, including assaults, have seen a 2% reduction compared to the same time last year. This reduction is attributed to the collective efforts and activities undertaken across the region as part of Operation Haven since February. The data is showing a continual downward trend in domestic violence related assaults year on year, following a peak in January 2018 of 26%. It is clear that alcohol continues to be a factor in many assaults and local police continue to target the misuse of alcohol and all other causal factors relating to assault through targeted intelligence-led operations. This ongoing focus has resulted in a 4% decrease in alcohol related assaults.

Patron numbers at some of our entertainment venues have remained strong. Alice Springs Police continue to maintain a proactive focus on drug use, road safety enforcement and responsible drinking in and around licensed premises in an effort to reduce the incidences of violence, antisocial 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.

Opportunistic crime continues to occur and community members are encouraged to ensure their business premises, homes and vehicles are secured at all times. Valuables should not be left within sight or within business premises. Unfortunately we continue to see a significant number of reported break-ins occurring through open or unlocked doors, which sometimes result in car thefts and hooning. It is a timely reminder to the community to ensure that doors and windows are secure and that valuable items, including car keys, are kept out of sight even when residents are at home to prevent their house being targeted. The Northern Territory Police Force continue to encourage the community to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Total property offences in Alice Springs are 12% higher in comparison to the 12 months ending in November. This has been driven by a 59% increase in residential break-ins, with offenders targeting portable items such as cash and motor vehicles. At the same time the yearly comparison to 2017 indicates a 6% increase in commercial break-ins. Through Operation Cradle the Southern Command crime reduction units, including the Youth and Community Engagement Team and Strike Force Winx continue to work closely with other Government and non-Government departments through the coordination of resources to prevent property crime.

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. The reporting of all crime, suspicious and antisocial behaviour, allows police to address the offending promptly and ensures our intelligence teams are able to direct patrols to identified crime and antisocial hotspots within the Southern Command’s area of responsibility.