Wellington Point residents fearful as hoons take over Redlands streets

Redland residents say hoons continue to terrorise neighbourhoods despite regular police patrols.

SCARED: Residents said the popular Wellington Point Reserve was a hotspot for local hoons, disturbing and endangering locals and visitors.

SCARED: Residents said the popular Wellington Point Reserve was a hotspot for local hoons, disturbing and endangering locals and visitors.

A Wellington Point woman said she feared for her life, claiming hoons were targeting her with threats after she reported them to the police.

The woman who wishes to remain anonymous said the hooning was as bad as it had ever been.

"It's been really bad, speeding and hooning on Main Road, doing burnouts on a Sunday afternoon down the point when there's families walking around and having picnics," she said.

"I'm scared as every time I walk up the road I get abused and threatened, they're giving me the finger and threatening to kill me."

Police said they had a regular presence in the Wellington Point area and stationed both uniformed and plainclothes officers to catch hoons at peak times.

The resident said a higher police presence would make her feel safer.

Readers commented on the Redland City Bulletin Facebook page, saying hooning activity was increasing across the Redlands.

Jennifer Haylock said Finucane Road was like a "drag strip" Fridays through Sundays.

Mark Faust said hoons were targeting hotspots and passing through multiple suburbs.

"Many of them move from Wellington Point to Cleveland Point whilst drag racing along the way through the 40km/h zones in Shore Street West... all the way to 2am on weekends," he said.

Chrissy Ford and Bruce Hennessy said hoons were one of the reasons they sold their homes and left the area.

Lincoln Stewart-Noble said poor weather conditions saw more hoons on the streets.

"Whenever it rains Montgomery Drive roundabout turns into a drift track... police could impound 20 cars night and day... and half the cars are big 4WDs."

The consensus among residents, including Maria Sealy, was that better cameras and more policing was needed to combat and deter hoons.

"A stronger police presence with more patrols, speed cameras, when these offenders are caught, their vehicles need to be impounded as a deterrent... we have been liaising closely with council to help put a stop to these dangerous actions, it's to late when their is a fatality," Ms Sealy said.

Council recently installed cameras with number plate recognition in Wellington Point to help catch perpetrators which police said were helping to prosecute hoons.

Senior Sergeant Stephen Lees from from Capalaba Road Policing Unit said police relied on witnesses to come forward with details to catch hoons as the cameras were not monitored.

"A video of the offence with the registration number of the vehicles involved provides the best prospect of police being able to commence a prosecution," Mr Lees said.

"We ask that this is done in a safe and discreet manner to avoid confrontation with the people involved."

Information can be supplied to the police via Policelink on 131444 or on police.qld.gov.au.