Northern Commander's message

A/Commander Craig Barrett 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, up by 7%, 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 in recent months, along with an increase in persons within the township due to recent severe weather systems throughout the region. Commercial break-ins have reduced by 14%, while residential break-ins have increased. Stealing and property damage offences have also contributed to an overall increase of 18% for offences against property in Katherine on the previous year. Property crime has since reduced in March with specialised sections and units working in partnership with the community to prevent, reduce and solve crime.

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.

Throughout Northern Command, police and the community will continue to work tirelessly to prevent and solve crimes to reduce the current crime rise and improve community safety across the area. Police across the region continue to target the illegal transportation of alcohol into restricted areas, and target known and repeat person and property offenders. Police ask for your help in this area by continuing to make life difficult for criminals. Ensure you secure your valuable items and reduce opportunistic crimes where offenders continue to enter through unlocked doors and help themselves to your property. 

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. Police have been working tirelessly with affected communities in the region to build and enhance resilience to these severe weather events.

In Nhulunbuy, both person and property crime has reduced over a 12-month period. Assaults have reduced by 14% and total break-in offences have decreased by 34%. 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.