Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

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

The downward trend in property offending across the Darwin Metropolitan Command has continued. For the 12 month period ending February 2018 compared with the 12 month period ending February 2017, residential house break-ins are down 23% in Darwin and commercial premises break-ins are down 20%. Motor vehicle theft and related offences are down by 24% in Darwin, which is the lowest in a 12 month period since 2000-01, and down by 15% in Palmerston. Theft and related offences (other than Motor Vehicle) are down by 7% in Darwin and 3% in Palmerston.

Now that we are well and truly into the first quarter of the year, don’t let complacency gain a foothold. Continue to secure your premises and your vehicles to reduce opportunistic crime.

If you require assistance directly relating to residential and business crime prevention initiatives, you can speak with officers from the Community and Youth Engagement Team at ‘Coffee with a Cop’ or at an upcoming community event. For more information you can email the team at CommunityandYouthEngagement.PFES@pfes.nt.gov.au.

Unfortunately we continue to see a rise in assault offences and alcohol-related assault offences. Police will be identifying areas where antisocial behaviour continues to be a problem and will be targeting these areas with high visibility and covert policing operations.

With the upcoming events season, we encourage people to get out and enjoy all the wonderful things that the Greater Darwin Area has to offer but to drink responsibly and take care of each other.

Over the coming months police will continue to conduct a number of high profile traffic enforcement campaigns and drivers are reminded of the fatal five:

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

If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think NT Police need to be aware of, you can call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers).