Community on watch for primary school intruder

Police identikit image of school intruder

05 Sep Community on watch for primary school intruder

Detectives have released a computer-generated image of a man they wish to speak to in relation to an intrusion at Kilsyth Primary School on Mount Dandenong Road in Melbourne’s east.

The man is believed to be aged between 25 and 30 years old and is described as being about 175 centimetres tall, with short, dark hair, wearing light blue denim shorts, a black hooded top with a large white logo on the front and bright orange shoes.

The man had been seen loitering in school grounds before stripping naked and doing chin-ups on a set of monkey bars. The man’s actions were allegedly witnessed by two girls, aged between 10 and 11, who had been riding their bikes around the school.

Police have urged for anyone with any information about the incident to call Crimestoppers.

“Incidents such as these highlight the importance of having school security guards,” said Michael Hart, general manager of ILA Security Services. “Video detection systems and CCTV systems can only record the evidence of an incident having occurred. It could be useful for helping to identify suspects following the occurrence of trespass, vandalisation or theft, but not much more. Even an alarm system will only limit the amount of time an intruder might risk spending on-site following any initial detection and alert being sounded.”

“Only the physical presence of a security guard can actually prevent incidents from happening. In relation to the recent shocking playground incident in Melbourne, an on-site security guard could have spared the two little girls concerned from being caused to witness anything inappropriate or traumatic,” Michael said. “It is getting to the point where the provision of on-site security guards for schools is becoming more of a normal requirement, rather than the exception. This is already being recognised to some extent by the government in terms of prioritised increases in funding for school security.”

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