Latest crime statistics - a sad story

16 November 2018

The Northern Territory crime statistics released this afternoon paint a very ordinary picture of crime and safety in our community.

Alcohol related assaults are still up – this time by almost seven percent – in the year on year statistics to 30 September 2018. Total NT break-ins figures also paint a very disturbing picture.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro said the latest crime statistics are troublesome.

“We have said consistently, Labor’s approach and reliance on the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) has not made any difference to alcohol-related crime or the break-in rates in the two plus years they’ve been in power,” Mrs Finocchiaro said.

“The statistics are still concerning with house break-ins (7.8 percent increase), commercial break-ins (12.7 percent) and assault across the board (4.8 percent) all still up year-on-year. We need people to be held to account and have consequences for breaking the law.

“There have been some disturbing increases in Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek across assaults and break-ins and other crime.

“Our police are doing a fantastic job but they can’t do it alone and the government needs to ensure they are providing them with the support and tools they need to tackle crime. There is still a lot of work which needs to be done towards crime prevention as well.

“The CLP has a plan to tackle some of the more prevalent contributors to crime in the Territory including better lighting in high traffic areas, improved provision and monitoring of CCTV, enforcement of existing laws and compulsory treatment and rehabilitation for those with a chronic alcohol problem.”