Crime sending business broke
The NT Chamber of Commerce CEO Brian O'Gallagher says more than 400 businesses have taken part in their survey on Crime and Vandalism.
An astonishing 70 per cent of business owners said they have been affected by crime in the past 12 months.
The financial impact ranged between $1,000 and $150,000, but many reported losses in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Darwin cafe owner Tony Mazza says his business at the Jape Homemaker Village has been broken into every month this year, costing on average, $2,000 a time.
He told of the struggle to make ends meet in already tough economic conditions; made worse when you add $2,000 each month in broken windows and doors.
Many businesses no longer bothered making insurance claims, as their premiums are already high and climb higher with each claim.
The Chamber of Commerce will use the survey results to lobby the Territory Government ahead of May's budget.