Burnout season in Weston Creek?

By 30 January, 2013 28

Hello fellow Rioteers.

I’ve lived in Weston Creek for 3 years now, never had this issue before. However, for the last 3-4 months, we are routinely getting d***heads doing burnouts in our cul-de-sac, then taking off (with headlights off) before anyone can catch them. Saturday night it was a Silvia with a ridiculously loud blow off valve, Monday night was a white Commodore with blue lights on the front.

I sat in my car at the end of the street on Saturday night after two rounds of this BS, they came back an hour later, sat in a side street for a minute, then decided against hitting our street again. I took off after them but lost them (didn’t want to speed on a wet night, in built-up areas).

Anyone else noticed a huge prevalence of burnouts in their area lately? What can be done about it? I know it sounds like a whinge, but I have two toddlers and they’re petrified of the noise – it leaves them shaking. :(

Any advice? The police can’t/won’t do a thing. Am considering just patrolling Weston Creek with my windows down so I can listen out, track them down and get numberplates.

Ugh. Bogans.

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28 Responses to Burnout season in Weston Creek?
#1
DUB11:47 am, 30 Jan 13

No headlights? So? Camera firing a flash will still capture the number plates well. Don’t be afraid, take photos, call the cops as many times as you need, giving them description of the vehicles and providing them with photos, so offenders can be identified..
But leave your shaking toddlers at home.

#2
arescarti4211:54 am, 30 Jan 13

Spread some caltrops around in your street, that’ll stop them.

#3
Rollersk8r12:09 pm, 30 Jan 13

Friend of mine – also in Weston Creek – confronted some guys doing burnouts outside his house. And of course they then started turning up at all hours, targeting his house on purpose. Although they got sick of it eventually… perhaps at your place now?

#4
thebrownstreak6912:36 pm, 30 Jan 13

Weston Creek is known amongst, ah, car enthusiasts, as a place with very little police presence.

#5
ezy10z1:34 pm, 30 Jan 13

personally i like to keep a few bricks on hand to throw through their windscreen

#6
cmdwedge2:00 pm, 30 Jan 13

I’d love to take photos, but unfortunately I’m in the cul-de-sac myself, so by the time I’m out the front to get the plates, they’re gone. I think I’ll write a friendly letter to everyone in my street. If we all pull together, perhaps one of the houses further down will have time to get out the front and snap a photo.

Have considered the brick option, but I don’t want anyone to actually get hurt.

#7
Postalgeek3:18 pm, 30 Jan 13

That would piss me off, especially with toddlers you have just got off to sleep.

It would be highly irresponsible to make a heavy duty wood-and-screw spike strip sprayed with matt black aerosol that can be placed after they enter the cul-de-sac and easily removed afterwards.

#8
Holden Caulfield3:58 pm, 30 Jan 13

While I empathise with your plight, and it would piss me off too, perhaps this is an opportune time to introduce a can of HTFU to your toddlers.

It’s un-Australian to be scared of burnouts. :P

This is not meant to offend or criticise, but may I ask, what is your initial reaction when the idiot hoons fire up? Perhaps your kids are, in part, simply reacting to your own behaviour? If you laugh and make merry at the burning rubber (in front of the kiddies at least) perhaps they may not be so scared.

If you need to vent at the bogans, do it away from your kids.

Apologies in advance if I’m way off base here.

#9
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:23 pm, 30 Jan 13

Yeah I’d just do the brick option. Be sure to hit the paint work rather than go for the window.

#10
M0les4:28 pm, 30 Jan 13

“I sat in my car at the end of the street…”

I believe that should be accompanied by the “Terrorists win” Counterstrike soundbite.
In the end, you gave them exactly what they wanted: A reaction. Even better: A chase the got away from.

I’ve had two visits over several years in my street. I find it highly amusing for them to give us a bit of a show and grind-off quite a lot of (no doubt expensive) rubber, only to be greeted with exactly nothing in response.

#11
Captain RAAF4:45 pm, 30 Jan 13

Be patient is my advice!

Revenge is a dish best served cold, so bide your time, collect the facts (make, colour, drivers appearance) and use that knowledge to find out where they live. I can almost guarantee that it won’t be too far away. Once you locate the house, do nothing initially (except smile to yourself as you jot the address down on a post-it note you stick to your dashboard).

After a few weeks, your campaign of terror can commence! Start small by spraying a roundup penis on their front lawn. Before it has time to take effect, amuse yourself by placing ‘free’ ads on the nearest community notice board (just use a fake phone number, people will get sick of ringing it and go to the address nominated) for the car in question, or for free dogs, drum kits, fruit, X-Box, hammer drill etc, make it as random as possible so that people asking for all kinds of stuff will be knocking on their door wanting one of the free Orick air filters.

Let this sink in for a month (and keep refreshing the ads) and after a while, leave an anonymous note in the mail box of the offending cars owner informing them that their driving like a fkwit is the reason why there is a massive cock on their lawn and why their house looks like a Detroit pawn shop!

Inform them that the grass will one day grow back and that the midnight knocks on the door for the free unicorn will stop….but only if they stop driving like a tard!

See how that goes and get back to me for phase two, if required.

#12
Solidarity4:48 pm, 30 Jan 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah I’d just do the brick option. Be sure to hit the paint work rather than go for the window.

So now you’ve got a whole bunch of pissed off guys in several cars who know who you are and where you live. Congratulations.

#13
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:12 pm, 30 Jan 13

Solidarity said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Yeah I’d just do the brick option. Be sure to hit the paint work rather than go for the window.

So now you’ve got a whole bunch of pissed off guys in several cars who know who you are and where you live. Congratulations.

As I said, it’s what I would do. They would literally do nothing to me or mine. Nothing to discuss rather than there would be zero burnouts from that day on

#14
milkman6:25 pm, 30 Jan 13

Captain RAAF said :

Be patient is my advice!

Revenge is a dish best served cold, so bide your time, collect the facts (make, colour, drivers appearance) and use that knowledge to find out where they live. I can almost guarantee that it won’t be too far away. Once you locate the house, do nothing initially (except smile to yourself as you jot the address down on a post-it note you stick to your dashboard).

After a few weeks, your campaign of terror can commence! Start small by spraying a roundup penis on their front lawn. Before it has time to take effect, amuse yourself by placing ‘free’ ads on the nearest community notice board (just use a fake phone number, people will get sick of ringing it and go to the address nominated) for the car in question, or for free dogs, drum kits, fruit, X-Box, hammer drill etc, make it as random as possible so that people asking for all kinds of stuff will be knocking on their door wanting one of the free Orick air filters.

Let this sink in for a month (and keep refreshing the ads) and after a while, leave an anonymous note in the mail box of the offending cars owner informing them that their driving like a fkwit is the reason why there is a massive cock on their lawn and why their house looks like a Detroit pawn shop!

Inform them that the grass will one day grow back and that the midnight knocks on the door for the free unicorn will stop….but only if they stop driving like a tard!

See how that goes and get back to me for phase two, if required.

Genuis. Make it happen.

#15
farnarkler7:04 pm, 30 Jan 13

Don’t you wish you had a friend working at ACT rego. They could tell you where the scum live so you could visit them with a couple of molotov cocktails. Plod probably know exactly who they are but are probably in the middle of a two year long surveillance of them so they’re untouchable.

#16
Pork Hunt7:45 pm, 30 Jan 13

farnarkler said :

Don’t you wish you had a friend working at ACT rego. They could tell you where the scum live so you could visit them with a couple of molotov cocktails. Plod probably know exactly who they are but are probably in the middle of a two year long surveillance of them so they’re untouchable.

I hope you are not advocating the use of Molotov (let’s give the Finnish inventors some credit here) cocktails on total fire ban days ‘cos that would be just criminal… :-)

#17
Sandman8:40 pm, 30 Jan 13

Lot of stupid and pointless advice on this thread.

Just set up a video camera somewhere ( a good one, not a grainy out of focus one). Make sure it has a night shot option or there’s a floodlight conveniently pointed at the same spot as the camera in order to catch the plate number. If you have video showing the plate and the offending activity then the cops might do something about it.

#18
cmdwedge9:22 pm, 30 Jan 13

Holden Caulfield said :

While I empathise with your plight, and it would piss me off too, perhaps this is an opportune time to introduce a can of HTFU to your toddlers.

It’s un-Australian to be scared of burnouts. :P

This is not meant to offend or criticise, but may I ask, what is your initial reaction when the idiot hoons fire up? Perhaps your kids are, in part, simply reacting to your own behaviour? If you laugh and make merry at the burning rubber (in front of the kiddies at least) perhaps they may not be so scared.

If you need to vent at the bogans, do it away from your kids.

Apologies in advance if I’m way off base here.

My kids are just 2 and 3, so I’m not ready for them to HTFU just yet. They haven’t ever seen our (my wife and I) reaction – d***heads are usually here after 9pm, kids are in bed by 8:30. So they’re not being trained to respond in any particular manner, it’s just a loud noise and they’re not sure what it means.

#19
Martlark9:33 pm, 30 Jan 13

I believe the burn outs in Braddon were cured by a special treatment to the tarmac of the road that increased the friction on the car tyres so that burnouts were harder and more expensive to undertake. Suggest that to your local member of parliament.

#20
brooooom9:40 pm, 30 Jan 13

Not sure if it’s the same crew but they like hangin’ in the car park near the tennis courts/scout hall and I’ve seen them doing burnouts in the car park at the community hub in front of all the kids in the playground. Very grown up. Sympathy…

#21
dannybear2:22 am, 31 Jan 13

you could hide a trail camera in a tree on the street somewhere, they sense motion and will take pictures and video automatically even at night, they’re generally used for monitoring wildlife so they should be fit for the job :P

#22
wildturkeycanoe5:59 am, 31 Jan 13

Sandman said :

Lot of stupid and pointless advice on this thread.

Just set up a video camera somewhere ( a good one, not a grainy out of focus one). Make sure it has a night shot option or there’s a floodlight conveniently pointed at the same spot as the camera in order to catch the plate number. If you have video showing the plate and the offending activity then the cops might do something about it.

This +1, I caught some dumbo years ago with footage on a VHS non-night shot video that just showed the number plate and car in action on a roundabout. Cops found it very interesting and I never saw them again. Drawing any attention to yourself may get the same result as you don’t know what these people are like – brick through bedroom window perhaps? What is more frightening, noise out on the street or breaking glass in your home?

#23
tuco8:02 am, 31 Jan 13

brooooom said :

Not sure if it’s the same crew but they like hangin’ in the car park near the tennis courts/scout hall and I’ve seen them doing burnouts in the car park at the community hub in front of all the kids in the playground. Very grown up. Sympathy…

Not sure if this is the same crew but … in Duffy last week I frightened a poor ragamuffin who had wandered into my garage at 11pm. Poor lad said he was lost as he backed away at a great pace. Seems the absence of lights in the house and open garage made him think he was at his mate’s place. His ever-helpful driver, in the Silvia parked across the street, did have some trouble reversing away at speed. Just wondering if there are some dots to be drawn here …

#24
lochness9:56 am, 31 Jan 13

Sorry to hear of the burnouts in your street. I’ve experienced similar in my street following Summernats. It’s dangerous, loud, it stinks and the burnout marks are unsightly.

After a few failed calls to the police (couldn’t get the number plate), the bogans were stupid enough to do a massive burnout and leave their car parked on the naturestrip across the road…. I called the cops, this time with the numberplate, and they promptly showed up and seized the vehicle! What relief I felt when that tow truck took that car away!

Maybe you could write down the numberplates of the fully sick vehicles in your neighbourhood during daylight hours to help you identify them at night. Stick with it and good luck!

#25
andym11:16 am, 31 Jan 13

Just back from East Africa, where enterprising local businesses build their own speed humps across the road using dirt to ensure cars slow down / stop outside their places where they can harangue you to buy their products.
It might be a red flag to a bull, but perhaps a similar barrier in a suitably dark soil might slow them down or incur damage to a lowered vehicle.

#26
Holden Caulfield11:24 am, 31 Jan 13

cmdwedge said :

My kids are just 2 and 3, so I’m not ready for them to HTFU just yet. They haven’t ever seen our (my wife and I) reaction – d***heads are usually here after 9pm, kids are in bed by 8:30. So they’re not being trained to respond in any particular manner, it’s just a loud noise and they’re not sure what it means.

Fair enough.

#27
zorro2912:00 pm, 31 Jan 13

Come now Sandman, Captain RAAF provided awesome advice…and hilarious. Starting petty warfare is the best way to go.

My issue is that these kinds of scum own nothing so you always have more to lose when you embark on a course of revenge.

They need to have zero tolerance on this kind of thing…drive dangerously, disrupt people with loud engines, do burnouts…and your precious piece of crap is impounded and crushed into a cube

Mr Burns: Is it about my cube?

I feel for the OP…it is awful when people are inconsiderate like this. Heaven forbid (even without children) that we’d like some peace and quiet in our own houses

#28
ThisIsAName1:39 pm, 31 Jan 13

andym said :

Just back from East Africa, where enterprising local businesses build their own speed humps across the road using dirt to ensure cars slow down / stop outside their places where they can harangue you to buy their products.
It might be a red flag to a bull, but perhaps a similar barrier in a suitably dark soil might slow them down or incur damage to a lowered vehicle.

I’ve seen similar measures in a hoon attracting gravel carpark. Someone laid out a few bars of cement in the middle. This sort of divided the gravel space, but left a gap for anyone driving normally to get through. Anyone sliding about was going to collect them.

One Friday night there was revving and a gravel burnout, followed by a thump (as a cement block was hit and jammed under the car). Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the bogan driver to hop out, clear it and hoon off :(

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