Safety is become a concern in Australia’s Northern Territory, with some regions afflicted with the greatest number of break-in crimes compared to the entire country.
Alice Springs torrid weather notwithstanding, criminals are unstoppable in the region, recording the highest number of break-ins in the country followed by Katherine and Palmerston. On the lower side in break-in crime surge, Darwin seems relatively less blemished. And this unbalanced trend has emerged in the last one decade.
The crime, though may seem, juvenile, has a lasting impact on the victims, with criminals becoming more secure and confident in breaching security with inhabitants sleeping or watching TV. Where on one hand the police are looking into how to counter the worrying number of cases, especially with young offenders, this blatant disregard for the law sees no fall. The records show the highest number of break-ins this year in a decade in the Northern Territory. In the 12 months to June this year, there were 2,472 house break-ins reported to police across the Northern Territory — the highest annual figure since 2009.
On the brighter side, alcohol related crimes and assaults have reduced considerably in the past decade. There have been 3,250 reported cases to police across the Territory in the past one year. This is equal to a rate of 1,321 incidents per 100,000 people — the lowest rate in more than a decade, and 20 per cent below the long-term average.
The regional break-in figures summing up house break-ins in Darwin in the 12 months to June this year saw a 3% fall below the 10-year average. Whereas, Palmerstone, saw an increase of 13 per cent, Katherine recorded a 33% increase and shooting way above the 10-year average figure, Alice Springs took the top spot at 57% increase.