VOX POP: Are Hills youth misbehaving?

Reporter Isabell Petrinic and photographer Natalie Roberts asked people at the bus rank opposite Arthur Whitling Reserve, Castle Hill, about how youth behaved there.

Scroll through our picture gallery above to read what commuters thought.

Our question was prompted by the comments of Hills crime manager Detective Inspector Gary Bailey in Hills youth in trouble: group calls for social worker in this week's Hills News.

He said while officers were not noticing ‘‘any huge amounts of antisocial behaviour’’ from our youth, the main places they did misbehave were the bus depot opposite Arthur Whitling Reserve, Castle Hill, and Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills, ‘‘especially of a Thursday night’’.

He said officers patrolled all of the shopping centres in the Hills local area command patrol every day, but ramped up patrols on Thursday nights.

About 15 per cent of The Hills population is aged 10 to 19.

■ What have you noticed?

‘‘The youth hanging out at the bus-stops makes people feel uncomfortable, because it brings violence. They’re always hanging around and under-age smoking’’ — Murray Matthews, Dural

‘‘The youth hanging out at the bus-stops makes people feel uncomfortable, because it brings violence. They’re always hanging around and under-age smoking’’ — Murray Matthews, Dural

‘‘They block your whole passage. It looks terribly untidy. But I don’t feel threatened’’ — Les Moller, Cherrybrook

‘‘They block your whole passage. It looks terribly untidy. But I don’t feel threatened’’ — Les Moller, Cherrybrook

‘‘They [underage] smoke behind the bushes. They look a bit rough around the edges. It does make me feel uncomfortable’’ — Leilani Bishop, Dural

‘‘They [underage] smoke behind the bushes. They look a bit rough around the edges. It does make me feel uncomfortable’’ — Leilani Bishop, Dural