Central Commander's message

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

In Central Command, the dry season (or winter in the southern parts of the Command) has brought cooler weather and we welcome the ‘grey nomads’ into our communities. Fortunately, the number of serious road crashes has been minimal and we encourage vigilance on our roads.

For the month of April, Katherine recorded less property and violent crimes than in previous months. For the financial year, property crime has slightly increased (by 4%) compared to the previous year. Break-ins to houses have decreased (by 13% for the financial year and 18% year on year), but unfortunately there has been an increase in other break-ins, particularly opportunistic offending at schools in the town. Food and alcohol are often targeted and the community can help reduce crime by taking basic security precautions around their homes and workplaces.

Violent crime reduced in the month of April but it is still higher than last year. Sadly, 78% of these were assailants committing crimes against family members. Tennant Creek received the lowest number of reported assaults since May 2017 and the level of reported property crime was the lowest monthly total in the past six months. In the town we are continuing to target domestic violence and alcohol as a causal factor. Similar to Katherine, 81% of assaults were committed upon the perpetrator’s family member. We are continuing to work with the community and partner agencies to address these issues and causal factors.

The tourist season presents an opportune time to reinforce two key policing messages. The first is crime prevention - ‘lock it or lose it.’ Ensure you secure your valuable items to reduce opportunistic crimes. The second is road safety. Our roads are busier at this time of the year and we should all be aware of the significant contributors to serious crashes – speed, seat belts, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and inattention.

The Central Command encourages the community to report all suspicious activity and offending by calling 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Further, the Northern Territory Police Force encourage the community to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website, which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.