Northern Commander's message

Commander Matthew Hollamby has responsibility for the Northern Command, which includes the Katherine, Arafura, and Arnhem and Western Divisions

Katherine has experienced an increase in assault offences over the past 12 months, however figures still remain at the second lowest level over the last six years. We continue to see reductions in the proportions of assaults that are associated with alcohol or domestic violence, though these factors still contribute to two-thirds of assaults in the area. The month of June 2017 saw the lowest level of offences against the person reported for the financial year.

Katherine has been affected by a rise in property crime for the financial year but the month of June 2017 saw the lowest number of property crimes reported in the past two years. Commercial break-ins are still at low levels but household break-ins have increased. The increase was due to crime series between September 2016 and April 2017. Offenders were apprehended for these series and break-ins have returned to significantly lower levels in May and June. Home security is a feature of policing operations and the community can help by undertaking basic security measures including to lock your doors at night or when your home or car is unattended.

In Nhulunbuy, violent crime has reduced over the 12 month period to some of the lowest levels in the past six years.  Unfortunately, alcohol and domestic violence continue to feature as factors in these statistics. Nhulunbuy Police continue to work closely with local service providers to target the causal factors of crime.  There was an increase in property crime in the last 3 months of the 2016/17 financial year where a series of break-ins targeting alcohol were reported. Crimes such as ‘fridging’ can be prevented through utilising basic security precautions.  Nhulunbuy experiences low levels of property crime and a small number of incidents can have significant impact upon percentages when comparing with other years.

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