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 area has again continued to record lower levels of property crime with residential house unlawful entries down by 19% in Darwin and 8% in Palmerston, and commercial property unlawful entries also down by 14% across Darwin compared to the same time last year. Motor vehicle theft and related offences are down by 14% in Darwin and 24% in Palmerston. Total property offences across the region are down 10% and total offences are down 7% since August 2017.

Police are continuing to focus on initiatives in order to prevent violent offending. Often this type of offending is related to public alcohol consumption and antisocial behaviour in and around public spaces. Police will continue with high visibility enforcement of antisocial behaviour and drinking in and around public areas, including public housing estates. This month has seen an increase in assault offences of 5% and alcohol related assault offences increasing by 6% on a year on year average.

Our officers continue to work closely with other Government and non-Government departments to coordinate responses. Operations ‘Canning’ and ‘Butters’ are continuing over the coming months, with joint operations between police and Territory Housing focussing on alcohol related harm in and around high density public housing around Darwin. Operation ‘Broadmarsh’ will also continue to focus on engagement with people living rough around Darwin in an attempt to link these people with appropriate support services. The increase in visitors from remote areas seen over recent months continues and is being monitored during patrols.

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/. The increasing humidity across the Darwin and Palmerston region signals a return to the Wet Season. It’s a timely reminder to prepare for possible cyclones and flooding in the current months. Cyclone and flood specific plans and advice can be found on the Northern Territory Emergency Service website. In the meantime, parts of the Command at risk of grass and bushfires should be prepared with further advice available on the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service website.

If you have any information that you wish to share about an issue you think the Northern Territory Police Force need to be aware of, you can call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.