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The NTPFES provide a monthly release of Crime Statistics across the NT. 

Crime Statistics Statistics

Reporting crime or suspicious activity doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming… in fact you can even do it anonymously and online!

“If you see something, say something”

NT Police depends upon information provided by the community to contribute to investigations, research and evaluation. Even if it does not lead to immediate Police attention, a lot of what you see and hear is valuable information. We must all work together to create a Safer NT!

We have put together some handy hints to help you provide a detailed overview of suspicious behaviour or crime, you can even use the report sheets provided in our Flyer.

  • Remain Calm
  • Make a note of the time, date and precise location
  • Notice any distinguishing features or identifiable clothing on the suspect
  • Take a note of the persons build, hair colour, complexion, facial hair, height and accent.

There are many ways to report crime or suspicious behaviour for any emergency situations please use 000.

To report suspicious activity or for non-emergency police assistance call 131 444 or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.




Are you lucky enough to be heading away? It doesn’t matter if it’s just for a weekend or an extended trip, it is important that you complete an absentee owner advice form. That way, should anything happen to your property whilst you are away, there will be a record in the NTPFES system that provides details of your absence and who to contact in case of any emergency. This extends to the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services and St John Ambulance.

You're holiday has finally arrived.  Where are you going?  Are you travelling interstate to see family and friends, taking a well-deserved holiday overseas or partying at home?  Here are some very simple tips to keep you and your property safe whilst you're away.

Going Away….

  • Let your neighbours know when you are away - they will then be able to report suspicious behaviour if they see someone that doesn't belong in your neighbourhood
  • Complete an Absentee Owner Advice Form at your local Police Station
  • A clean and tidy yard shows that the home is looked after.  An overflowing mail box and untidy lawns are clear indicators that you're away.  Ask your neighbours or a friend to mow your lawn and put your bins out and bring them back in.  Don't forget to arrange for your mail to be collected or have it redirected through Australia Post
  • Set timer lights in your home to come on at different times throughout the day AND night
  • Don't advertise your movements on social media - you don't know who's watching


The majority of residential break-ins occur when an offender sights an easy grab for unattended property or discovers an open window or an unlocked door.

The risk of unlawful entry can be easily reduced!

Get to know your neighbour

Get to know your neighbour, look out for each other and report all suspicious activity to police.  Use our handy Knock Knock resource to help to get to know your neighbours.

Mark your valuables

You can easily achieve this by marking your property using NHWNT’s FREE UV Marker kit. Visit us at any of our upcoming events to get your hands on one! Check out our Events Calendar.

  • The Territory’s climate means doors and windows are often left open – locked security doors and security screens on windows provide a barrier but allow air flow.
  • Ask for identification of trades, sales people or strangers before opening your door.
  • Do not keep a weapon in the home for protection. It could be used against you.
  • Keep doors locked, even when at home or in the garden, but don’t deadlock yourself inside in case you need to leave in a hurry.
  • Install smoke alarms and check them regularly.
  • Keep cash in the home to a minimum.
  • Make sure you know the identity of your children’s friends and acquaintances, or others, who visit your home.
  • Don’t leave car keys or other keys lying around or in obvious places.
  • Don’t leave keys hidden outside the house - leave spares with trusted friends or neighbours.
  • Don’t leave tools that could be used to break into your home, outside.
  • Dogs are a deterrent to prowlers.
  • If confronted in your home, stay calm, comply with the intruder’s instructions, leave the house if possible and contact police.
  • Display house numbers prominently to make your home easy to find in an emergency.

Here are some videos that demonstrate exactly how quickly opportunistic crime can happen if you don’t lock up (whether you’re at home or not!)

Remember ; It only takes one time, don't be a victim of crime"

Remember “lock it, or lose it”

Some simple steps to protect your vehicle 

  • Park your car off the street, preferably in your yard or in a locked garage.
  • If you need to park in the street at night, ensure you park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t leave your keys in the ignition when you the vehicle is not attended.
  • Don’t leave valuable items in your vehicle.
  • Spare keys should never be hidden on or in a vehicle.
  • Remove cheque books, credit cards, and driver’slicense and registration papers from your glovebox.
  • Keep all doors locked while driving.
  • Check the rear seat of your car before getting in.
  • Always close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your car.

Looking after you should be the most important thing you do all day!

The NT Police have some really great information on how to protect your personal safety in a range of different situations.

Check it out here

You've just got home from a long day at work, you have locked your doors and windows and it’s time for relaxing. For most of us these days this involves going online whether it's checking social media, streaming online TV, indulging in some online shopping or playing games… but we are all still at risk of cyber crimes.

Common types of cyber crime include hacking, online scams and fraud, identity theft, attacks on computer systems and illegal or prohibited online content.

The effect of cyber crime can be extremely upsetting for victims, and not necessarily just for financial reasons. Victims may feel that their privacy has been violated, and that they are powerless. Unfortunately, as Australia’s reliance on technology grows, the cost and incidence of cyber crime is expected to increase.

Visit the Australian Cyber Crime Online Reporting Network website for more information on the various types of cybercrime.

For Parents

Parents, it can be a bit daunting with children growing up with the world wide web being at their fingertips… it’s the unknown as most of us didn’t grow up with it being so available!

It is important to know what your children’s online habits are and to educate them on the dangers in order to protect them from cyber crime.

Think You Know is the first (and only) national crime prevention program for cybercrime and it has some great tips and information for kids and parents alike, head over to their website for more info!


There seems to be a never ending supply of different scams, resulting in the loss of $1,392,210 in the NT based on statistics from the ACCC from May 2016 – May 2017. These data is based on the 2,232 reported incidents during that time period.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ScamWatch does a great job recognising current scamming trends and their Little Black Book of Scams is an insightful and helpful read.

They have a wealth of information on their website including the different types of scams and how to protect yourself against them! Visit Scamwatch and learn how to protect yourself from scams.