Darwin Metropolitan Commander's message

Commander James O’Brien SC has responsibility for the
Darwin Metropolitan Command, which includes the Darwin, Casuarina, Palmerston and Darwin Metropolitan Support Divisions.

The Darwin Metropolitan Command is continuing to see a reduction in property offences. Commercial business break ins are down by 19% while residential house break ins are down by 22% in Darwin and 5% in Palmerston. Motor Vehicle theft and related offences are down by 15% in both Darwin and Palmerston. These figures relate to the 12 month period ending June 2018 compared with the 12 month period ending June 2017. Total property offending across the Darwin region is now tracking at 11% down on the same period last year. Strike Force Trident has been kept busy however the assignment of six additional members to the team is having a positive effect in reducing crime.

Frontline police officers continue to work tirelessly to prevent and investigate property crime, while our Community and Youth Engagement Officers work closely with the community to provide awareness around crime prevention. Home and vehicle security measures being undertaken by the community help support frontline police to prevent crime. 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 is contributing to the reduction in property crime.

We also 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 about crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile http://www.nhwnt.org.au/.

Alcohol-fuelled assaults and antisocial behaviour continue to be a problem in Darwin (including Casuarina) and Palmerston. Police are working closely with other government departments and non-government agencies to coordinate responses and attempt to prevent these behaviours. Police will continue to implement operations focused on alcohol-fuelled violence and antisocial behaviour including operations focused around the supply of alcohol. Operation Canning will continue over the coming months, with joint operations between Police and Territory Housing focusing on alcohol-related harm in and around high density public housing across Darwin. Operation Broadmarsh will also continue to focus on engagement with people living rough around Darwin in an attempt to link them with appropriate support services.

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 Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous when reporting to Crime Stoppers) or the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.