Bayswater childcare centres ramp up security in wake of North Perth sexual assault

TWO Bayswater childcare centres will install stricter security measures following last week’s sexual assaults on two children lured from a North Perth centre.

A 52-year-old North Perth man was charged for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl and five-year-old boy, enticing them from the childcare centre and leaving them in Hyde Park.

Bayswater Childcare Association held an emergency board meeting last week and has since hired a contractor to install increased security measures next week.

Bayswater Before/After School Care and Maylands After School Care will have fence heights increased to 1.8m, pool-style lockable gates and security cameras fitted.

Weld Square Primary School, which houses Morley Before/After School Care, was already in the process of installing a perimeter fence before the North Perth assault.

Association chairman Mike Anderton said although the childcare centres met regulations, they would upgrade to make them more secure.

“There were concerns when the incident in North Perth happened and we’re trying to be proactive and reduce the harm potential to the users,” he said.

“We had a look at our facilities and we’ve done an assessment.”

Mr Anderton said the fences on the three centres, which house four to 12 year olds, were currently only waist height at about 1.2m.

“I’ve spoken to my board and we’ve all agreed we’re going to go to 1.8m in height and we’re going to put in lockable, pool-style gates,” he said.

“It’s going to turn it into a more secure, we’re going to have real-time vision of anybody coming in through the gate.”

Mr Anderton said the association also run four kindergarten, however, they had “quite stringent” security measures already in place.