By ERWIN CHLANDA
During April, when the COVID-19 lock-down was in force, there was a sharp increase of domestic violence in Alice Springs, nearly 12% over the same month last year.
Assaults went up 6.48% according to statistics released today.
There were significant decreases in property offences: House break-ins down 11.15%, commercial premises break-ins down 11.85%, and motor vehicle theft down 23.84%.
The offences data were extracted from the NT Police PROMIS system, that means the alleged offences were reported to the police and it created a record about them.
The Alice Springs urban centre includes the downtown and surrounding areas corresponding to the Alice Springs Local Government Area, and represents about 12% of the Northern Territory’s population.
The Alice Springs region falls within the NT Police Southern Command.