Northern Commander's message

Commander Tony Fuller APM has responsibility for the
Northern Command, which includes the Northern and Road Policing, Firearms and East Arnhem Divisions

In June 2018, Nhulunbuy recorded less assaults and less property crime than the previous month, including a reduction in unlawful entries of both houses and commercial premises. The four assaults reported in Nhulunbuy during June is the lowest recorded monthly total since February 2017.

In year-on-year terms, house break ins have increased, but there has been a reduction in commercial break ins. Care should be taken when analysing these these statistics because the number of crimes is very low - one bad month can disproportionately influence these figures. As an example, there were six break ins at houses for the three-month period from April to June 2018, but nine reported in the September 2017, which had a significant influence on reported percentages. Whilst we would prefer to have no crime, June 2018 was an improvement on the previous month.

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. The community is also reminded that if you have any information you wish to share about an issue you think NT Police should be aware of, you can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 (callers can remain anonymous).

Over the previous 12 months, Nhulunbuy Police have been actively working with the community to report and record property offences. In the past there was some commentary on social media around property offending but little to no engagement with local Police. This has changed more recently, with almost no negative activity on the social media and more reporting of incidents to local officers. 

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour via 000 if the matter is urgent, or to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The reporting of all crime and suspicious and antisocial behaviour allows police to address the offending promptly and ensures our intelligence teams are able to direct patrols to identified hotspots within the Southern Command’s area of responsibility.

Alcohol remains a contributing factor in regards to most offending in the Nhulunbuy District. We continue to target alcohol-related crime and the secondary supply of alcohol in East Arnhem where a permit is required to possess and consume alcohol outside licenced premises as it is a restricted area. 

Before the return of the build up season and the Wet, we would encourage everyone to start considering their flood and cyclone preparations. This should include the preparation of emergency kits and to have a family cyclone plan should another weather event occur this wet season. More information can be found at www.securent.nt.gov.au and on the NTES website including lists for what to include in your emergency kit and household emergency planning information.