Complaints about rising crime in Alice Springs have brought an almost immediate response.
Extra police have been sent there from today "in response to ongoing community concern surrounding crime and anti-social behaviour".
The response even though the NT Government says crime statistics in Alice Springs and other regional communities like Katherine is falling.
The officers will be conducting high-visibility patrols - including foot, Segway, Mounted Police, motorbike, dog squad and even drones.
An additional 'drone' resource has been sent to help tackle crime, along with an increased CCTV capability to monitor anti-social behaviour hotspots.
Katherine received upgraded CCTV and speakers attached to poles high in the main street back in August last year after a series of shop break-ins and bank robberies.
They will be complemented by joint patrols with Education Compliance Officers, Public Housing Safety Officers and Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement Teams to proactively engage with unsupervised youth and refer them to support services where possible.
This targeted operation will be in place until May, when 30 new constables graduate from training and arrive in Alice Springs.
Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Nicole Manison said: "We are listening to the concerns of Alice Springs residents, and while the latest statistics show reductions in crime, it is clear that the community sentiment does not reflect that.
"From this week, residents will see an increased police presence throughout the CBD - these officers will remain in place until May when thirty constables graduate from training and take up their postings in Alice.
"Alice Springs has also received over 40 new Police Auxiliary Liquor Inspectors (PALIs) in the last 12 months. These PALIs have made a significant impact in the town, and eased pressure on our frontline police, Watch Houses and Hospitals.
Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield said: "Every person in Alice Springs has the right to feel safe and expect their homes, businesses and property to be secure. We have listened to the concerns of people in Alice Springs and we have taken action.
"The Government has invested more resources than ever to tackling youth crime, including: Re-installing the youth night patrol (that the CLP cut), creating the Youth Engagement Night Officers, increasing the hours of youth drop-in centres, investing in school holidays and after hours' activities. We've also put more cops on the beat than ever before."
The CLP has already identified law and order as a campaign issue for the August election, in Katherine, and across the Territory.
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