Northern Commander's message

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

Katherine has experienced a marginal increase in assault offences over the past 12 months (8% increase) 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 more than two-thirds of assaults in the area. Katherine continues to conduct proactive policing activities to reduce crime, in particular anti-social behaviour and assaults on persons, through Point Of Sale Interventions (POSIs) at local takeaway liquor outlets.


Katherine has been affected by a rise in property crime.  The increase in house break-ins (83%) is as a result of two crime series that occurred in October 2016 and December 2016-January 2017.  People were arrested for these crime series and property crime has since abated.  Despite this, the yearly crime statistics still include the figures from those crime series. Commercial break-ins are still at their lowest levels in the last six years (reduced by 16%). 


Katherine Police further recognise the importance of strengthening the relationship between the youth and local police. These improved relationships will not only reduce crime, but also importantly help youth to achieve more success within areas of education, health and social opportunities. Recently, a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design audit, which is an audit conducted to highlight improvements in areas to reduce crime around buildings and public places, was conducted with the Department of Education. This included discussions on local crime prevention initiatives to improve community safety and reduce opportunities for offending.


The tourist season and local events including the Katherine Show are approaching and it is an opportune time to reinforce crime prevention messages including ‘lock it or lose it’. Ensure you secure your valuable items and reduce opportunistic crimes where offenders continue to enter through unlocked doors and help themselves to your property.  Police across the region continue to target the illegal transportation of alcohol into restricted areas, and target known and repeat person and property offenders.


The extensive and larger than average wet season across the Command has also resulted in extensive rainfall, road closures and environmental challenges for local communities and police across the Top End. Waters are receding and crocodile awareness should also be practiced in the Region.


In Nhulunbuy, both person and property crime has reduced over the 12 month period to the lowest levels in the past six years.  Police will continue to engage with the community of Nhulunbuy to continue this long term crime reduction.


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.