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Northern Territory Safe Streets Audit

Special report

Anthony Morgan, Emma Williams, Lauren Renshaw, Johanna Funk
ISBN 978 1 922009 73 9
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2014

Prepared by the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University and the Australian Institute of Criminology

Abstract

This Special Report is a research driven response to community concerns regarding the level of crime and fear of crime in the Northern Territory. The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) were commissioned by the Northern Territory Police Force (NT Police) to undertake the NT Safe Streets Audit. The purpose of the Safe Streets Audit was to examine crime and safety issues in the Northern Territory urban communities of Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs and to help inform effective strategies to reduce the actual and perceived risk of victimisation.

The audit involved a literature review exploring issues impacting on the fear of crime in the Northern Territory, focus groups with a range of stakeholders in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine, the analysis of media articles on crime and policing, the analysis of incident data from NT Police on assault offences and public disorder incidents, and a rapid evidence assessment of the effectiveness of strategies targeting NT crime problems.

Implications for future crime reduction approaches in the Northern Territory were then identified.