ST Georges Basin residents Jan and Colin Loudon believe it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed as hoons perform burnouts on their local roads.
The couple said a number of streets around their village were being terrorised by drivers who continually cruised the streets, particularly at night.
A quick tour of local roads in the area bears the telltale signs of scorched, black rubber.
Tasman, Island Point and St Georges roads, along with The Wool Road at Basin View, and Loralyn Avenue and Anson Street at Sanctuary Point all have evidence of burnouts.
“We have lived in this area for about two years and in this current location for six months and like a lot of local residents have put up with this. It is an ongoing problem but over the past couple of weeks it has got really bad,” Mrs Loudon said.
“We have contacted the police to report incidents but nothing is really done.
“I’m not having a go a police, I realise they are under-resourced in this area, but it is getting out of hand and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured if not killed.
“Apart from being dangerous it is not a good look for the town, especially at tourist time.”
The intersection of St Georges and Island Point roads seems to be a popular haunt for the offenders.
There are continual circles on the roadways from where cars have spun around and around.
“Just last week we had a car sitting in the intersection doing burnouts and circling round and round,” Mr Loudon said.
“There was that much smoke we initially thought there might even have been a fire there.
“Eventually a wheel burst and the car just drove off.”
“There were about 10 people there on the footpath gathered around watching it all. What if a tyre blew at the wrong time and that car had got out of control? It could have hit any of them,” Mrs Loudon said.
“We lie in bed each night and can just hear them.
“It’s happened half a dozen times in the last two weeks.”
Mr Loudon said there was evidence a car had gone around the roundabout at the intersection of Island Point and The Wool roads backwards.
“Something has to be done to stop this going on.”
Mrs Loudon said she has had visiting tourists come up to her saying they would never come back because of the loutish behaviour on the roads.
“That’s terrible,” she said.
“And eventually the whole area will lose out if people stop coming here.”
Mr Loudon said a number of residents in the area have had enough and were going to start carrying cameras to catch offenders in the act.
“We are trying to get [photographs of] numberplates so we can hand them over to police,” he said.