Central Commander's message

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

We are seeing an increase in humidity in the northern parts of the Central Command, and as the Dry Season comes to a close, it’s timely that those communities who could be affected by cyclones/flooding consider their preparedness for such events. Further safety advice can be found on the Northern Territory Emergency Service website, with cyclone and flood specific plans and advice available online. Other parts of the Command require communities to be prepared for unexpected grass and bushfires associated with the drier weather, with further advice available on the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service website.

When comparing the year ending August 2018 with the year ending August 2017, the Katherine region has experienced a 12% reduction with regards to house break-ins. Additionally, the number of motor vehicle thefts and related offences are down 37% when compared to August 2017.

As previously identified, the reduction of these property offences is pleasing, however a significant number of property offences are being committed by opportunistic offenders. Reducing all types of property crime remains a priority for police in the Central Command, with an enhanced focus on crime prevention. Residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to ensure that their property is well secured, particularly when considering some break-ins are happening where premises are left unsecured. There are crime prevention tips and techniques found on the Neighbourhood Watch NT web page, while the Northern Territory Government Biz Secure program helps eligible Territory businesses improve their security with more information on this program being found at the Biz Secure website.

Assault offences in Tennant Creek are down 6% when comparing the year ending August 2018 with the year ending August 2017. Total offences against the person are down by 11% in the town for the same period, with sexual assault offences significantly dropping by 60%. The Tennant Creek police are working closely with the Northern Territory Government and non-Government agencies to coordinate activities and strategies to promote community safety. 

The focus on alcohol-related harm within the Central Command continues. There are a number of overt and covert targeted operations in major centres and remote locations to tackle secondary supply of alcohol into restricted areas. Such offending causes significant alcohol related harm, and police within the Central Command will continue to take action to minimise that harm.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour via Triple Zero ‘000’ if the matter is urgent, to the Police Assistance Line ‘131 444’ or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. The reporting of all crime, suspicious and antisocial behaviour allows officers to address the offending promptly. It also helps the Northern Territory Police Force make sure our intelligence teams are able to best direct police patrols to identified crime and antisocial hotspots across the Central Command.