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 total offences against property have been trending down over the last few months and are now on par with figures in the year ending September 2016. Over 2017 to end September, thefts of and from motor vehicles, stealing and property damage have all decreased when compared to January-September 2016. Residential break-ins continue to track down following a peak that occurred at the beginning of the year. Commercial break-ins have increased slightly compared to this time last year; however there has been a continued downward trend over recent months apart from a spike during the school holidays in July.

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. This proactive work has been a significant factor in disrupting property related crime, as well as the continued partnership approach government and non-government stakeholders are taking to reduce youth related crime through the Interagency Tasking and Coordination Group.

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.

Offences against the person including assaults in Alice Springs are 4% up when compared to the year ending September 2016, although sexually based offences are 29% down in the last 12 months. Local police continue to target the causal factors including alcohol, proactive enforcement of court orders such as domestic violence orders and other conditions.

In recognition of an increase in domestic assaults in Tennant Creek, particularly during the last six months, local police commenced Operation Rodin, a six month operation focussing on early intervention through compliance check of domestic violence orders, engagement with victims and offenders and stakeholder engagement to improve local response to victims through the Family Safety Framework.

Property offences in Tennant Creek continue to fluctuate from month-to-month. Licensed premises continue to be targeted for alcohol, seen in commercial break-in figures.

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.