Southern Commander's message

A/Commander Bradley Currie has responsibility for the Southern Command, which includes 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.

Strike Force Winx and the Youth and Community and 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 notable decrease in residential break-ins since the commencement of Strike Force Winks in early 2017 and it is expected the Strike Force along with proactive engagement by the Youth and Community Engagement Unit will result in a continued downward trend in property crime into the future.

The Southern Command will be working 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 anti-social behaviour throughout this period.

Whilst there has been a small increase in assaults in Alice Springs compared to last month there has been a 6% decrease in assault in comparison to last year ending in June.  This has been obtained through the targeting of causal factors including alcohol, proactive enforcement of court orders such as domestic violence orders and other conditions.

Tennant Creek has seen a 5% decrease in house break-ins in comparison to last year and a decrease in commercial break-ins by 17% for the year ending June 2017.

Unfortunately, Tennant Creek has observed an increase in domestic assaults, particularly during the last six months, driving an 11% increase in the year ending June. 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.

Southern 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.