Northern Commander's Message

Acting Commander John Atkin is in charge of the Northern Command, which includes the Katherine, Central and Northern Divisions.

With the release of crime statistics for the December 2018 to November 2019 period, there is evidence that communities across the Northern Command are experiencing reductions in a number of crime categories across the Northern Command.

Targeted policing activities implemented across Northern Command place a strong focus on enhanced engagement with the community and continues to realise reductions in some offence types. There are a number of cross-agency groups that work collaboratively with NT Police to manage/support persons at risk of offending and to reduce offences.

Offences against the person within the Nhulunbuy region for the 12 month period ending November 2019, are 39% below the same period ending December 2018. Additionally, property offences for the Nhulunbuy region are down 22% for the 12 month period ending November 2019, when compared to the previous 12 month period although there has been a slight increase in house break-ins (up by a total of 4 offences). Nhulunbuy Police are continuing to effectively engage and work with other agencies and local groups to identify and implement crime prevention strategies across the region.

In Katherine, Operation Pelion has had ongoing success in contributing to a decrease by 19% of house break-ins and 17% of commercial break-ins although there has been a 10% rise in property damage across the same period. Operation Pelion will continue to focus on the reduction of property crime within Katherine.

Assault offences also continue to be reduced within Katherine with a reduction of 25% for the reporting period of December 2018 to November 2019. The ongoing commitment of our Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors at licensed premises within the Katherine region has been a key contributor to the reductions in assaults, including domestic violence, and other alcohol related harm.

Katherine: Dec 2017 – Nov 2018 vs. Dec 2018 – Nov 2019

Offence Categories

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Total offences against the person*



House break-ins



Commercial break-ins



Motor vehicle theft and related offences



Theft and related offences (other than MV)



Property damage offences



Total property offences



Total victim-based offences



Police will continue to promote crime prevention strategies and the Neighbourhood Watch website contains some excellent tips on crime prevention and enhancing your home security profile. Basic security enhancements are known effective crime prevention strategies against those in our community who choose to offend when the opportunity presents.

The NT Government Biz Secure program has been set up to assist Territory businesses in making a range of permanent security improvements to better protect against the risk of break-ins. Owners of licensed premises in the Territory may be also be eligible to apply for funding to protect alcohol stock from theft and damage. Further information on this funding initiative can be found at Alcohol Secure.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue to report all crimes and suspicious behaviour via Triple 000 if the matter is urgent or to 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous. The reporting of all crime, suspicious and antisocial behaviour allows the NT Police to address the offending promptly and also helps our intelligence teams with identifying crime and antisocial hotspots for further targeted police patrols.

Finally, parts of the Top End recently experienced a significant weather event which is a reminder that we are well into the wet season. The heavy rainfall during this time of year often results in road closures, road degradation and limited visibility so please drive to the conditions. Some communities within the Command can be cut off by flood waters so police have been working with people in the region to build and enhance resilience to the weather events which impact on our normal course of life. All community members are urged to have ready their basic emergency kits and consider a family cyclone or flood action plan. More information can be found at SecureNT.