Southern Commander's Message

Commander Bradley Currie has responsibility for the Southern Command, which includes the Southern Desert, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and Barkly Divisions.

The Southern Command continues to have varied outcomes regarding crime statistics; pleasingly there has been a downward trend of offences in Alice Springs including crime against the person and property crime and whilst Tennant Creek continues to see reductions in assaults including domestic violence there has unfortunately been a rise in commercial break-ins throughout this reporting period.

There has been a 28% decrease of offences against the person in Alice Springs. This includes a 28% decrease in total assaults and 33% decrease in reported sexual assault offences. Tennant Creek maintains a 12% decrease in crime against the person; this includes a 14% decrease in assaults from year on year statistics to the end of August 2019. It is evident that policing efforts inclusive of Point of Sale Intervention and actions of the Alcohol Policing Unit have successfully reduced the incidents of offences against the person with ongoing strategies targeting repeat offenders, decreasing the accessibility of alcohol to problem drinkers and continued enforcement of the Liquor Act 2019.

Officers from across the command continue to maintain a proactive approach to alcohol related crime along with a focus on road safety enforcement inclusive of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The Southern Command leadership team is continuing to work with licensees to improve the amenity of areas surrounding licensed premises.  Members of the public are encouraged to report antisocial behaviour to ensure we can focus our resources through an intelligence informed and evidenced based approach to crime, anti-social behaviour and public safety.  

Total property offences in Alice Springs are 1.5% higher over the 12 month reporting period.  This is a 10.5% decrease in comparison to last months report (12%) and indications are that this number will continue to reduce in the next reporting period where we will see overall decreases in comparison to the previous 12 month reporting period.  In Tennant Creek there has been a 20% increase in property crime in comparison to the same time last year and whilst there has been some reduction in motor vehicle theft (35%), the numbers remain unacceptably high.

Tennant Creek Police will introduce a new Crime Prevention and Engagement Team following on from the recent success of Operation Turnbull which resulted in the cessation of a crime series that will unfortunately effect the crime statistics next reporting period. This new dedicated team will allow for increased proactive covert and overt patrols to reduce property crime in the town. 

To maintain the momentum, we are continuing to call on the community to assist police in combating property crime by ensuring their business premises, homes and vehicles are secured at all times. Valuables should not be left within sight or within business premises. To assist in preventing crime information can be found on the Neighbourhood Watch NT webpage, as well as the NTG Biz Secure program to help eligible NT businesses improve their security against the risk of break-ins, with more information on this program being found at Biz Secure.

The Southern Command continues to work closely with other government and non-government agencies via integrated response models to case manage high risk youth and target offenders and hotspots as part of ongoing preventative measures to reduce property crime rates. The Impartyemwerre: Alice Springs Interagency Family and Youth Operational Framework was introduced in July and is now operational. The framework brings together multiple levels of youth case management operations and ensures government agencies including Police, Territory Families, the Departments of Education; Local Government, Housing and Community Development and the Department of the Chief Minister are working closely with non-government partner agencies to manage youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Early indications suggest that this framework is assisting to reduce recidivism and has assisted in reducing the crime rate in Alice Springs.  It is expected that similar versions of the framework will be introduced in Tennant Creek and other areas of the Territory.

Police will continue to maintain a pro-active focus on responsible drinking in and around licensed premises and road safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the incidences of violence, anti-social behaviour and harm that is attributed to excessive and irresponsible alcohol consumption. Too often, police see the results of unsafe drinking practices and the effects that alcohol misuse has on the community.  

Southern Command Police relies on information and support from the local community. You are encouraged to continue to report antisocial behaviour, all crimes and suspicious behaviour via 000 if the matter is urgent, or to 131 444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Reports received, allows police to address offending promptly and ensures our intelligence teams are able to direct patrols to identified crime and antisocial hotspots within the Southern Command’s area of responsibility.