A Katherine sport club run entirely by volunteers says it will not stop fighting to stay open despite dealing with almost one break in per month this year.
The Katherine BMX Club is reeling from its third break-in in a row this week - the eighth this year.
Two metre barbed-wire fences lining the perimeter, bright motion sensor security lights, a heavy duty metal door, two padlocks and a cage at the entrance to the club house did not deter vandals this week who axed their way into the club house on Sunday night, Monday night and Tuesday night.
But it will take more than that to break the spirit of the dedicated group of hard-working parents and young BMX riders, committee member Mitchell Carter said.
"We are here for the community," he said.
"We have a small amount of people wrecking it for the rest of us, but we'll keep fighting."
The BMX Club has dealt with more than its fair share of break-ins over the past year - amounting to almost one per month.
During a year which some residents have labelled the worst on record for crime, the club has forked out thousands of dollars to replace stolen equipment, bikes and safety gear.
Fences have had to be fixed, walls boarded up, and security has been installed.
"We put a shade cloth up and within weeks it had been wrecked," Mr Carter said.
"About four break-ins ago, (the club's president at the time) Josh installed a heavy duty metal door with two padlocks, but they used grinders to cut through.
"The track takes so much work and effort, we rely so much on volunteers that when we have a set back, it hurts everyone. The whole community feels our pain."
Mr Carter said he has been unable to see the full extent of the damage this week as he waits on police forensics to do their work.
But he was able to see on Monday morning, after the first break-in, a club house in disarray.
"They axed their way in and ransacked the place."
Unlike previous raids only soft drinks had been stolen.
"I've had enough of the government, they keep going on about there not being a crime issue. Katherine has a problem," Mr Carter said.
"It is hard enough building supplies and running a community organisation as it is without these hurdles."
He said blame lies with the Northern Territory Government's soft approach to crime, and the lack of repercussions in the judiciary.
"I was going to camp over night, but I shouldn't have to put myself in that position to protect a community asset.
"It is getting to the point where you feel like you're hitting your head against the wall, because nothing is changing."
Mr Carter said the relentless attacks over the past 12 months made him question making a report this week.
It is a notion which has been made clear on social media, as more reports of anti-social behaviour are brought to the light.
"I know several people who have had break-ins recently and did not report to police. Maybe time we start reporting everything so the statistics are more accurate," a resident commented on social media on Tuesday.
"Had some people pay our business a visit a couple of weeks ago at about 3am... Not worth reporting as response is too slow and consequences are non existent," another said.
"When there is little to no action on crime, people give up reporting! Has crime dropped or have people given up??"
The Filipino club has been broken into three times in the last week. We reported the first one.
According to the latest police statistics, crime is dropping.
Crime rates spiked an alarming 223 per cent at the beginning of this year, as police dealt with a record amount of break-ins to houses and local businesses.
Police records show 69 break-ins for the month of January, and 55 for the month before.
Operation Pelion came into effect in February as a direct response to the crisis, which police say is one of the reasons crime rates have dropped so significantly.
Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson has also spruiked the decline in crime rates this week.
"Commercial break-ins are at a three-year low," she said.
Earlier this year the police launched Operation Pelion targeting property offenders in Katherine.
"We are already seeing results with significant drops in monthly property crime offences (September 2018 saw 142 total property offences, compared to 72 total property offences in September 2019)."
Ms Nelson said the drops were tied to the government's investment in more police, including 75 Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors and tough new consequences for youth offenders, such as boot camps.
"I know how heartbreaking it is for small business owners who are at the coalface of what in many cases is mindless destruction for no reason," she said.
"There is - there will always be - more to do. But our plans are beginning to work."
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