Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

Acting Commander Gavin Kennedy has responsibility for the
Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin Metropolitan Support Divisions.

Across the Darwin Metropolitan Command there remains a general reduction in property offending compared to the same period last year. Total property offending is down by 8% in Darwin. In Palmerston, motor vehicle theft and related offences are down by 20%. Commercial business break-ins in Darwin are down by 14%. In Palmerston, residential break‑ins are down by 6%, but Commercial business break-ins are up by 48%. This increase is concerning and local police are continuing to work closely with property owners. This includes increasing awareness about crime prevention through environmental design best practices, supplying information on grant programs such as ‘Biz Secure’ and assisting property owners through enhanced police patrols and use of mobile closed-circuit television where practicable. Basic security enhancements and promoting Neighbourhood Watch are known effective prevention strategies.

The transient nature of a significant number of Territorians and the search for alcohol continues to contribute to crime figures. Unfortunately the ready availability of alcohol sees many of these people display antisocial patterns of behaviour associated with alcohol misuse. Commercial businesses with alcohol on their premises are encouraged to make efforts to control access to liquor supplies. Police are actively advising eligible licensed premises of the recently announced 'Alcohol Secure' program.

Frontline police officers continue to vary proactive patrol measures and engage with our important patrol partners, such as Larrakia Nation whilst supporting appropriate referrals to Return to Country, Territory Connect and other services. A combination of foot, vehicle, trail‑bike, bicycle and Segway patrols continue to yield results in preventing opportunistic and antisocial offending. Significantly, total assaults in Palmerston are down by 6% compared to September 2017. If members of the public have any information that is not part of an emergency however, believe that the Northern Territory Police Force should to be aware of, please call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).

Ahead of the October school holidays and with not too long to go before the end of the year, officers have been reinforcing home and vehicle security measures that can be undertaken by the community help support frontline police to prevent crime. These steps include telling a trusted neighbour when you are going away, ensuring that vehicles are locked, valuables are not left unattended and houses are secured (even when you are home) with car keys being kept out of sight. These preventative measures have a significant effect in reducing property crime. Police continue to encourage community members to find out more about and become involved with Neighbourhood Watch by visiting their web page, which contains some excellent tips on crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile http://www.nhwnt.org.au/