Northern Commander's Message

Acting Commander Craig Garland for the month of April, currently maintains responsibility for the leadership across Northern Command, which includes the Katherine, Central and Northern Divisions. Monthly public crime statistics are released for the Katherine and Nhulunbuy regions.

With the release of the crime statics for March 2019 to February 2021 period, there is now evidence that communities across Northern Command have experienced increases across some crime types and that alcohol is having a significant impact on offences against the person.

Katherine recorded some increases when compared to the previous 12 month period. Assaults increased by 20.6% (104 offences). Sexual assaults decreased (0 offence). House break-ins decreased slightly by -3% (-25.6 offences).

The Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors at licences premises point of sale venues within the Katherine Region, continue to work tirelessly to assist licensees in the prevention of secondary supply of alcohol, which we know significantly contributes to assaults, including domestic violence, and other violent offences. DV related assaults in Katherine have increased by 26.5% (93 incidents) when compared to the previous 12 months data, and alcohol related assaults have increased by 31.1% (98 incidents). These increases have been consistently noted across the NT.

Nhulunbuy recorded crime reductions across a number of categories, compared with the previous 12 months. Assaults were up 16.9% (10 offences). House break-ins have only increased by 6 offences, an increase of 22.2 % and commercial break-ins have increased by 180.0% (27 offences). Motor vehicle theft and related offences are up by 60.0% (6 incidents). Theft and related offences are down -19.1% (-13 incidents). Property damage offences are up 50.0 % (31 incidents).

The comparators for these figures are the number of crimes reported in the last 12 months (i.e. from 1 March 2019 to 28 February 2021) compared with the preceding 12 months (i.e. 1 February 2019 to 31 January 2020). It is an interesting challenge interrupting and explaining crime data when the events of nearly two years ago have an influence on our statistics today.

Our road policing activities are continuing across the Command. I remind all Territorians to drive to the conditions. After a considerable wet season some roads and river crossings may have sustained damage. Drive to survive, and always wear your seatbelt.

The total number of lives lost on NT roads in 2021 is currently 6.