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 low when compared to past years. The involvement of alcohol and domestic violence continue to be dominant factors in violent crime. Two-thirds of all assaults involve alcohol and domestic violence.  The month of September 2017 saw a spike in domestic violence. A local operation was initiated targeting compliance with Domestic Violence Orders to ensure the safety of people protected by these orders. NT Police continue to place significant emphasis on domestic violence offenders and support for victims with a view to preventing repeat victimisation. The reduction in public intoxication and street drinking has improved the amenity of Katherine.

Katherine experiences intermittent spikes in property crime and low numbers can lead to significant swings in reported percentages. In the month of August 2017, there was a short spike in opportunistic unlawful entries to businesses primarily targeting alcohol but this reduced during September due to targeted policing activities. Less property crime was reported in September than the previous two months. Home security is a feature of policing operations and the community can help by undertaking basic security measures, including locking your doors at night or when your home or car is unattended.

In Nhulunbuy, violent crime has reduced over the last 12 months and September 2017 was the equal lowest month this year. Unfortunately, alcohol and domestic violence continue to feature as factors in these statistics. Police at Nhulunbuy continue to work closely with local service providers to target the causal factors of crime.

There was a short spike in property crime in September 2017 which were mostly opportunistic crimes targeting alcohol. Crimes such as ‘fridging’ can be prevented through utilising basic security precautions.

Two significant events approaching for residents in our area include the Wet Season and Christmas school holiday period, both of which present some policing and community challenges.

  • We now enter preparations for the upcoming cyclone and flood season.
    The community is urged to start preparing their basic emergency kits and consider a family cyclone or flood action plan. More information can be found at Motorists are asked to take particular care on wet roads and where possible avoid driving on flooded roads and crossings. Last year, the Region experienced a number of deaths and vehicles washed of causeways in these circumstances.

  • The Christmas holidays are an exciting period and a number of residents will be embarking on holidays. Last Christmas there was a spike in property crime in Katherine as well as some regional communities. If you are travelling this Christmas, please consider your home security well in advance of your departure. Items such as food and alcohol left in unattended houses can present as attractive targets for opportunistic burglars and we ask our community members to take sensible precautions in target hardening their properties.

The Northern Command 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, NT 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.