Southern Commander's message

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

Property crime in Alice Springs continued to trend down throughout April with a reduction of 10% achieved for total property crime in contrast to the same time in 2017. This includes a 29% reduction in residential and a 23% reduction in commercial break-ins.

Opportunistic theft continues to occur and I encourage community members to ensure their business premises, homes and vehicles are secured at all times and valuables are not left within sight or within business premises. Keys for business vehicles should also be secured, as we have observed a trend of business break-ins where offenders have accessed and stolen or interfered with business vehicles.

Operation Haven commenced in February 2018 with the aim of reversing the trends and reducing the incidents of assault, specifically domestic and family violence and alcohol-related harm in the region. The operation is based on an intelligence sharing and partnership model, incorporating representatives from all Government and some non-Government agencies. Activities are directed and intelligence shared through daily interagency coordination meetings led by police. In recognition of the success of this operation, the framework established will be utilised throughout 2018 as we continue to strive to prevent and reduce incidents of domestic and family violence in the Northern Territory (NT).

Although offences against the person, including assaults, remain high in comparison to year on year data to April, there is a clear indication throughout the last quarter that domestic related assaults are trending down in comparison to the previous quarterly reporting. Monthly comparisons indicate that the preventative work being completed through Operation Haven is having a positive effect.

Local police continue to target the misuse of alcohol and all other causal factors relating to assault through targeted intelligence-led operations, including temporary beat locations, the illegal supply of alcohol, high profile licensed premises patrols and engagement with licensees. The NT Police Force (NTPF) continues to work with stakeholders to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Additional resources allocated to the Southern Desert Division have enabled the establishment of the Southern and Barkly Regional Support Unit resulting in an increase in the police presence in remote communities, as well as providing a relief and surge capacity for remote stations and areas. This increase in resourcing provides the continued opportunity to work in partnership with the community to ensure a safe and resilient NT.

The NT has seen an increase in fatalities and road trauma in comparison to previous years and I encourage members of the public to drive safely and to the conditions. Members of the Southern Traffic Operations Unit will continue to support road safety campaigns and will target speeding, drunk and drug driving and other traffic offences across the region.

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.

The NTPF continues 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. The community is also reminded that if you have any information you wish to share about an issue you think the NTPF should be aware of, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous).