Southern Commander's Message

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

The recent release of crime statistics is for the 12 month period from December 2019 to November 2020. This period, compared to the same previous 12 month period shows a 19.3% increase in offences against the person. For the same comparative period house break-ins increased by 23.2% and commercial break-ins decreased by -2.1%. While house break-ins increased for the 12 month comparative period, they were down considerably from the month previous. Motor vehicle theft and related offences decreased by -14.8% and Theft and related offences decreased by -9.0% for this reporting period in Alice Springs.

Operation Shorewood continues to operate across the school holiday period incorporating Strikeforce Viper and Operation Lunar. Strikeforce Viper will continue to proactively target recidivist offenders to reduce property crime and keep the Alice Springs community safe across the this holiday period and into the future.

Tennant Creek has seen a 24.6% increase in offences against the person but a -44.9% decrease in house break-ins and a -34.9% decrease in commercial break-ins in comparison to the same 12 month period. Tennant Creek also saw a decrease in motor vehicle and related thefts by -20.0%.

Operation Hammond continues to operate in Tennant Creek to focus on property and youth related crime which involves engagement with community representatives, other agencies, reliance on intelligence led policing and identifying, targeting and prosecuting offenders.

COVID-19 continues to be a challenge and a priority for police and Government agencies worldwide. Police are continuing to respond to maintain the safety of Territorians.

Police will continue to focus on road safety and conduct traffic enforcement activities across the school holiday period.

Police will be paying particular attention to the fatal five:

  • speeding
  • drink and drug driving
  • failure to wear a seatbelt
  • driving while fatigued
  • distraction and inattention.

Police want to remind drivers that if you are travelling somewhere by road, please take care to ensure you arrive safe.