A heightened police presence has had a tangible impact on youth crime and antisocial behaviour in Darwin’s northern suburbs.
A week ago NT Police responded to a sudden surge in youth criminal activity in the area by increasing foot patrols, with the Mounted Unit and the Dog Operations Unit deployed in hotspot areas.
Superintendent Sean Parnell said, “In the last week we have apprehended 25 youths aged between 13 and 17 years, and arrested eight adults. A further eight people were taken into protective custody.
“We maintained constant foot patrols around Casuarina in the days and evenings, and then moved to Karama in the early evenings.
“The operation will continue through until the end of the school holidays.”
During the week, members laid multiple charges, including:
- 3 x Unlawful entry
- 17 x Stealing
- 2 x Robbery
- 4 x Assault
- 1 x Damage to property
- 1 x Disorderly behaviour
- 1 x Breach DVO
Additionally, police executed two warrants and 19 litres of alcohol were also destroyed.