Darwin Commander's message

Commander Travis Wurst leads Darwin Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston (including Adelaide River and Batchelor Police Station) and Alcohol Policing Division. The Darwin statistics encompass Darwin and Casuarina. The Palmerston statistics include Palmerston and the surrounds.

Before I draw focus onto the crime statistic for the month of May 2019, I would like to extend my gratitude to the community of Darwin as we slowly move beyond the tragic events from 4 June 2019 in Darwin. At the end of this event, four lives were lost, a person was seriously injured and countless members of our community were unnecessarily exposed to tragedy, pain, trauma and violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones as a result of the selfish actions of one person. I continue to implore the community to come together in support of one another and help heal the wounds caused on that day, so we can all move forward to bring peace back to the streets of Darwin.

I also wish to thank the police officers, emergency workers, men and women from our community, who placed themselves in danger to protect our community.

Overall for the 12 month period ending May 2019 compared with the 12 month period ending May 2018, across the Northern Territory (NT), there was a reported decease in assaults and this was reflected in both Darwin and Palmerston. Pleasingly, this trend was reflected in decreases in both domestic violence and alcohol related assaults also across the greater Darwin area.

 

Region

Total Assaults

DV Related Assaults

Alcohol Related Assaults

% Change

% Change

% Change

All NT

-15%

-11%

-21%

Darwin

-10%

-1%

-13%

Palmerston

-18%

-20%

-24%

 

Across the May 2019 reporting period, the commercial break-ins across Darwin saw a decline of 18% compared to the same period last year. There was an increase of 11% in residential break ins and property damage continues to trend down by 17%.

Overall for the 12 month period ending May 2019 compared with the 12 month period ending May 2018, total property offences in Palmerston decreased by 11% which was in part, driven by a pleasing decrease in commercial break ins of 24%. Residential break ins remains on the slight incline with an increase on 4%.

The Darwin Command five year average relating to houses being unlawfully entered when either unlocked or unsecured is up 30%. Unfortunately, society has changed and we can no longer be complacent about our home, business or vehicle security. Continue to secure your premises and your vehicles to reduce opportunistic crime. The partnership between police and the community is very important and together, we need to remove opportunities for criminals to commit offences against us so that you do not become an unnecessary victim.

The new Neighbourhood Watch NT community safety campaign ‘Stop. Look. Lock’ is proudly supported by Darwin Command and drives the message of the community taking appropriate measures to make it difficult for criminals who wish to violate our homes and businesses. Do not leave items of value visible within your vehicles, lock your businesses and homes (even when you are at home), secure your vehicle keys and seek support from Victims of Crime NT around home safety or access grant programs such as Biz Secure to increase the security of commercial businesses.

Although we are seeing a positive downward trend associated with road trauma, we ask the community as road users to take care on the roads and drive to the conditions so we can work towards zero serious injuries and deaths on our roads. This is particularly relevant for the many tourists who venture into the NT over the dry season.

Police over the coming months will roll out a new Road Policing Strategy that will continue to incorporate a number of high profile traffic enforcement campaigns. Drivers are reminded of the need to always consider the ‘fatal five’ causes of serious crashes in the NT:

  • speeding;
  • drink and drug driving;
  • failure to wear a seatbelt;
  • driving while fatigued; and
  • distraction and inattention