Southern Commander's Message

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

The Southern Command is continuing to have a downward trend in break-ins, both residential and commercial. For the 12 month period ending July 2020 compared to the 12 month period ending July 2019, Alice Springs has again seen a reduction in property crime. Residential break-ins have decreased by -17.0% and commercial break-ins have decreased by -6.9%. Tennant Creek for the same period saw a decrease of -2.6% for residential break-ins and also had a decrease in commercial break-ins of -7.4%.  

Motor vehicle theft and related offences for the same period were significantly down in both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek with a decrease in Alice Springs of -33.3% and Tennant Creek with a decrease of -37.8%.

In contrast to the reductions in property crime, there continues to be an increase of assaults in both Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. For the 12 month period ending July 2020 compared to the same period the previous year there has been a 12.1% increase in assaults in Alice Springs and a 20.2% increase in assaults in Tennant Creek.

Alcohol related assaults continue to be an area of concern for police. Point of Sale Intervention in respect to alcohol sales continues to have an effect on alcohol related harm.

With upcoming events, we encourage people to get out and enjoy all the great things that Central Australia has to offer but please, drink responsibly and take care of each other.

Police will continue to focus on road safety and conduct traffic enforcement activities.

Drivers are reminded of the fatal five:

• speeding

• drink and drug driving

• failure to wear a seatbelt

• driving while fatigued and

• distraction and inattention

Northern Territory Police run a number of operations throughout the year targeting illegal behaviour. As part of an evidence-based and intelligence-informed approach, our officers rely on information from the public to help target antisocial or suspicious behaviour. If you see something concerning, you can report it on 131 444 or anonymously via CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.