CITY of Bayswater has increased its security patrols to tackle an increase in antisocial behaviour in the area around Morley Public Library.
Morley Police officer-in-charge Tony Vuleta said Mirrabooka Detectives were investigating a reported assault near the library on March 19.
However, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said a security guard was at the library for a four-week period ending on April 6 to enhance the safety of users and staff.
“Antisocial behaviour in the general area around where Morley Library is located has been on the rise since early 2018,” he said.
“The decision to engage a static security guard for a two week period was a response to that increased antisocial behaviour and not a response to a single incident.
“The initiative was very much aimed at reassuring and providing enhanced safety for Morley Library users and staff.”
Cr Bull said the City was liaising with WA Police and the City’s community security services officers have increased their patrols of the area.
Senior Sergeant Vuleta said Morley Police would continue with their regular proactive patrols of the area.
“There has not been a noticeable increase in instances of anti-social behaviour in the area,” he said.
“Police take a positive intervention to any instances of anti-social behaviour.”