Central Commander's message

Commander Matt Hollamby has responsibility for the
Central Command, which includes the Katherine, Central and Tennant Creek and Barkly Divisions

This month I am able to share positive highlights in relation to Tennant Creek. For the month of June 2018, Tennant Creek recorded the lowest number of violent crimes for at least the past 2.5 year. This follows significantly low figures recorded in May 2018. These very encouraging results have been achieved through Operation Haven. Op Haven provided significant operational support in Tennant Creek targeting domestic violence and alcohol as a causal factor of these assaults. Although year on year, property crime is up in Tennant Creek, the total number of property offences in June was also the lowest recorded figure in the past 2.5 years, which is encouraging.

In Katherine, reported assaults were unfortunately relatively consistent with the past few months. They continue to be dominated by alcohol and domestic violence related incidents. It is sad to see people assaulting their family members and police will continue to provide targeted support for victims and the vulnerable, as well as focussing on alcohol as a causal factor of these crimes. 

In Katherine, property crime figures have been influenced by opportunistic offending, such as damage and the theft of unsecured items. The number of commercial break ins dramatically dropped in June after a spate of offences committed upon schools during May. Stealing of cars is down by 63% year-on-year which is a very positive outcome.

The opportunistic crimes committed during the last few months lead to a reinforcement of the ‘lock it or lose it’ message. Please ensure you secure your valuable items to reduce opportunistic crimes. The Central Command encourages the community to report all suspicious activity and offending by reporting crimes to 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Further, NT Police encourages people to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website, which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

While it’s currently dry season in the Top End and there is a heightened risk of fires, the emergency management season is approaching. During dry season residents should make sure they’ve got a current fire escape plan. We would encourage everyone to start considering their flood and cyclone preparations now. These preparations should include preparation of emergency kits with necessary food supplies and medication, as well as a family cyclone or flood action plan should another weather event occur this upcoming wet season. More information can be found at www.securent.nt.gov.au.