Northern Commander's message

Commander Tony Fuller has responsibility for the
Northern Command, which includes a large part of Arnhem Land, Groote Eylandt, the Tiwi Islands and Wadeye, as well as Road Policing and Firearms.

Nhulunbuy has seen a recent increase in property crime. This can be attributed to two factors. Firstly, there was a return to the community of some high risk property offenders who committed a number of offences but were successfully dealt with later. Secondly, Nhulunbuy Police have been working with community stakeholders to report crimes that they may not have been reporting in the past. As a result, there has been an increase in reports which indicates that the community has an increased faith in the local police and the figures better reflect the crimes that are occurring.

Police encourage all community members to report crimes that may have occurred. If it is not reported, then we cannot put the appropriate resources in place to protect the community. If police are kept informed then we can look at putting strategies in place to combat future offending.

The Northern Command encourages the community to report all suspicious activity and offending by reporting crimes to 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Further, NT Police encourage the community to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website, which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim.

Pleasingly, whilst the numbers are not large, assault offences decreased by 9% (9 offences) in Nhulunbuy compared with last year.

Police remind people that with the onset of the dry and the increased vehicular activity in the region, they should drive to the conditions of the road and take the appropriate care and breaks when driving long distances.