The Northern Territory’s latest crime figures show Alice Springs is experiencing unprecedented levels of violence.
There were 1432 assaults in the town last year, 29% more than in 2008.
It is also the highest yearly total since the Government began releasing crime statistics.
The annual number of reported assaults has almost doubled since 2004, and at least 65% of them involve alcohol.
The Southern Region Police Commander, Anne-Marie Murphy said more than half were domestic violence incidents, but there had also been a rise in other assaults.
“The significant amount of the assaults are among people who are drinking together,” Ms Murphy said.
“There might be assaults that arise in licensed premises or outside of licensed premises.
“We know we’ve had some issues in terms of particular areas but there’s no specific victim profile if you like.”
She said itinerancy, domestic violence and alcohol were the main factors driving up crime rates.
The amount of violent assaults across the Territory has gone up by 17% in the past year.
There were 900 more violent assaults in the Territory in 2009 compared to last year.
Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Payne says the rise in numbers is due to more police being stationed in the bush, and new laws.
“We have introduced new policies and processes that are aligned to mandatory reporting and that’s seen more members of the public more professionals providing reports of domestic assaults to police and that’s of course affected the figures,” he said.
The number of assaults in Katherine has also increased by 47% despite the introduction of an alcohol management plan, whereas assaults only increased by 2% at Tennant Creek.