A 15-year-old is in hospital with broken bones after she fell several metres while trying to scale the home of Scitech in West Perth.
The teen fractured both wrists and her pelvis when she fell almost 10 metres through a plastic skylight about 11pm on Sunday, with police and ambulance services called.
She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where it is understood she was also assessed for neck and spinal injuries.
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The girl was one of three juveniles believed to be attempting to climb to the dome structure before she took a misstep and fell.
The other two with her were rescued by firefighters.
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Several people have taken to TikTok in recent months with videos of themselves — more successfully — climbing the same building.
One was as recent as the weekend just gone, with Police Commissioner Col Blanch saying he was aware of the security breach.
Blanch said police had worked with management on a plan that includes barriers, so trespassing like this is “far more difficult”.
Scitech’s home at the City West building, a precinct of shops and services, is particularly attractive to urban explorers because of the illuminated dome structure just off the freeway.
The dome, which is 20m wide and 10m high, was upgraded in 2022 to include 2000 new LED lights, an upgrade which has since drawn some people for a closer look from the inside.
“People keep trying to find new ways. It’s dangerous,” Scitech chief executive John Chappell said.
“This incident really demonstrates that.”
A teen has been injured in a fall at the home of Scitech in West Perth. Credit: 7NEWS
It’s part of a social media trend called “urbexing”, where people explore buildings and structures and “no tresspass” signs are ignored.
The locations are generally abandoned or derelict, but the popular City West building shows people are keen to explore a bit more widely.
In August, police warned parents about teens trespassing on rides and slides at a Perth water park following an increasing number of reports about people breaking in.
On social media, some bragged it was “easy as” to get into Adventure World in Bibra Lake.
Like with the dome, thrill-seekers shared vision of their visits exploring the empty park on social media.
Teens have been warned about breaking into Adventure World to explore the park. Credit: TikTok
In one video, one person films as he walks through the Kraken, a $7 million waterslide that opened in 2015.
In another clip shared to TikTok and “liked” hundreds of times, a group strolls on the same ride and explores other sections of the park, describing it as “sick as”.
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