Residents say hooning, anti-social behavior issues continue unabated at Wellington Point despite new CCTV cameras

PEOPLE living near Wellington Point Recreation Reserve say hooning and anti-social behavior continue to plague the neighbourhood despite CCTV cameras being set up.

GLORIOUS: Wellington Point Recreation Reserve is a popular spot for visitors.

GLORIOUS: Wellington Point Recreation Reserve is a popular spot for visitors.

A resident, who did not want her name used, said the problem had been going on for decades.

"It is just ridiculous, a lot of the residents are really upset," she said.

"We are not new, we have not just moved in and are whinging. It has been going on for ages.

"What we need down there is a drug dog, because I think that is what the root of the problem is now."

The resident said a number of locals were upset with the circumstances, which she believed had become worse since CCTV cameras were installed in June.

She wanted greater security and for council to consult with locals on a solution.

"The way it is, they can hoon around in the car park very easily," the resident said.

"Unfortunately it is in our face all the time. It is really dreadful.

"The council have a sign halfway down the hill that says the park closes from 10pm until 4am.

"I can't understand why that is not policed with a security guard because there is talk of a few residents along Main Road paying for a security guard."

Cr Wendy Boglary reminded residents that they still needed to ring police even with the cameras in place.

"If we get residents to call, police can look at the footage, and depending on the degree of hooning, they can either get a rap over the knuckles, lose their license or have their car crushed.

"(If) a few things like that happen, it will go through the hooning fraternity and they will soon stop going down there.

"The cameras are sufficient to get that license plate recognition to help the police carry out their jobs."

Another resident, who also declined to have his name used, said the hooning had kept him up at night.

He said cars would speed past his house at well above the 50km/h limit.

"It is mainly before 10pm, but there is noise after that as well," he said. "They come down and do their screeches in the early hours of the morning too.

"A lot of swearing goes on of course, and there is a lot of yelling and yahooing."

Cr Boglary said she was not sure what other measures could be put in place when asked if other forms of security were needed in the area.

She also had not heard of locals paying for a security guard.

"The police are happy (with the cameras), council's happy, residents just need to ring the police to let them know when things are happening," she said.

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