HOONS have been causing a stir at Mickey Mouse Hill's lookout, residents say, with warm weather causing more headaches deeper into autumn.
Residents are enduring litter and vandalism at the popular Golden Square gathering spot, local Gael Moroni said.
She has had a gutful of irresponsible drivers doing burnouts and revving engines.
"The noise every night drives us all mad," she said.
Residents have collected pictures of just some of the litter and rubber they encounter every day at the lookout.
Ms Moroni believes a warm autumn has prolonged the pain, with more visitors appearing well into the evenings.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said this month, daytime temperatures had been about two degrees above the April average of 23.4.
"That's a big margin. Temperatures right throughout summer and autumn have been well above average, and exceptionally dry, too," he said.
Mr Dickson said hotter days led to warmer evenings, even if minimum temperatures had been only 0.9 degrees hotter than the average.
Like the weather, hoon behaviour was cyclical, Ms Moroni said.
She said as nights got frostier, irresponsible drivers would disappear.
Police patrol the area, but Ms Moroni said it could be hard to catch hoons in the act.
"A police car went up there the other day and waited for half an hour, but the mongrels didn't turn up," she said.
"The only thing I can think to do is go out and take down number plate details, but I am not game to do that."
Burnouts were not just annoying, they made some residents feel unsafe, Ms Moroni said.
"I'm pretty sure the people going up there would not want to harm anyone but there are ... residents living on their own," she said.
Police have not noticed a rise in reports of hoons over summer or autumn.
However, Bendigo Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant Ian Brooks said people often did not report problems fast enough.
"We often find that people don't tell us what is going on. If there is something going on tell us, ring police as it is happening and we will try to get the nearest available unit to it if they are nearby," he said.
Senior Sergeant Brooks said he received two or three calls a day from people reporting hoons, but often so late that the horse had bolted and police were unable to act.
Police have targeted Mickey Mouse Hill in the past and officers regularly patrol areas across greater Bendigo to deal with hoon hotspots.
"But we cannot be everywhere at once," Senior Sergeant Brooks said.
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