Central Commander's message

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

The wet season is nearly over, in a year which saw a cyclone that affected Darwin and flooding of the Daly River which saw the community evacuated. Central Command was not immune but fortunately there were no major issues, including no deaths as a result of people attempting to drive across flooded rivers and causeways. The tourist season is approaching and it is an opportune time to reinforce crime prevention messages including ‘lock it or lose it.’ Ensure you secure your valuable items and reduce opportunistic crimes where offenders enter through unlocked doors and help themselves to your property.  

In Katherine, reported assaults declined after a seasonal spike in the month of December but there was a significant monthly rise in reported unlawful entries. This occurred after the completion of our Christmas holiday operation but Operation Echo was quickly initiated to combat the rise. Operation Echo identified and apprehended a number of offenders. A number of businesses suffered repeat victimisation where they were broken into on multiple occasions in the same day. Hunger and boredom were cited by the offenders as to why they committed the crimes and the spike has since abated.

In Tennant Creek over 70% of assaults are both alcohol and domestic violence related. Operation Haven has been initiated with a heavy emphasis on Tennant Creek to expose the problem. We are currently working with the community and partner agencies to address issues and causal factors. It is not a case where police can arrest our way to a resolution, rather longer term community changes are needed. 

February also saw an influx of people to Tennant Creek from outlying communities. This led to overcrowding and difficulties sustaining extra people for some families. Food and alcohol were common items targeted by thieves throughout the month. The impact has again demonstrated the effects of the irresponsible consumption of alcohol.

The Command intends to continue placing a significant emphasis on domestic violence and its causal factors.

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 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.