Southern Commander's message

Commander Michael White has responsibility for the Southern Command, which includes the Central Desert, Tennant Creek and Barkly, and Alice Springs Divisions.

Overall, Alice Springs residential break-ins continue to track down following a peak over the summer holiday period. Commercial break-ins have increased by 10% compared to this time last year; however there has been a downward trend over recent months which can be attributed to a spike during the school holidays.

Strike Force Winx and the Community and Youth Engagement Teams continue to disrupt property offenders through proactive bail enforcement of people on conditional bail,
high profile patrolling of hotspot areas, as well as engaging with victims of crime to look at ways security can be improved to prevent repeat victimisation. There has been a significant decrease in residential and commercial break-ins in August from the previous month, continuing the downward trend after the peak in early 2017. This can be attributed to
Strike Force Winx’s operations, along with proactive engagement by the Community and Youth Engagement Team.

The Southern Command continues to work closely with other government departments and
non-government organisations in the lead up to the summer school holiday period to ensure a multi-agency strategy is developed to prevent youth crime and antisocial behaviour throughout this period.

There has been a 24% decrease in assaults in Alice Springs compared to last month;
assaults over the last 12 months remain on par with the same time last year. This has been achieved through the targeting of causal factors including alcohol, proactive enforcement of court orders such as domestic violence orders and other conditions.

Unfortunately, Tennant Creek has observed an increase in domestic assaults,
particularly during the last six months, driving a 10% increase in total assaults compared to the same time last year. Police from Tennant Creek, including Detectives from the dedicated Domestic and Family Violence Unit, continue to work with members of the community and other government agencies to prevent assaults through the Family Safety Framework.

The Southern 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.