Northern Commander's message

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

It is pleasing to report that violent crimes in the Nhulunbuy Region over the reporting period progressively reduced, finishing 7% down compared to the previous 3 months. Overall assault figures are lower than for the same time last year. This indicates the message for “no more violence” is getting out there.

Unfortunately, property crime continues to increase across the Northern Command landscape creating immense challenges for communities and police. It’s important to remember that simple actions such as securing your house and making it harder for would be thieves to interfere with your property, as well as reporting any suspicious behaviour, are starting points to reduce the impact property crime has on the community.

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

Thankfully Christmas was mostly uneventful and police were pleased with the public’s behaviour on and off the roads. Since that time though, Major Crash Detectives have been kept busy assisting other Police and Emergency Service personnel attending crashes with tragic consequences. We are appealing to everyone to take an active part in saving people’s lives on our roads by ensuring everyone wears a seatbelt, motorists slow down and drive to the conditions, including avoiding flooded waterways and not drink driving.

Most significantly, Northern Command spent a considerable period managing the severe weather event and subsequent flooding in the Daly River Region. Northern Command would like to thank the Daly River Community and surrounding areas, as well as the volunteers and other businesses that assisted during the operation. This event was fairly typical for the Top End so it’s important to be prepared and plan ahead for anything that might eventuate. For information visit www.secure.nt.gov.au