Boredom might make some crawl up the walls, but in Oak Flats, teenagers have been taking it one step further.
A recent community safety meeting chaired by Lake Illawarra Police and Shellharbour City Council has revealed businesses are sick of dealing with bored teens crawling over the tops of buildings, pelting eggs at cars and engaging in other forms of anti-social behaviour.
Kathy Baldwin is an employee at Bloomz on Central florist in Oak Flats.
‘‘In the past we have had children on the rooftops,’’ she said.
‘‘They’ve used ... milk crates and they go along the top on Fisher Street to the small public toilets.
‘‘I’m a 42-year-old woman - I don’t want to use a a public toilet that has 10 or 15 children hanging off it.’’
Lake Illawarra LAC Youth Liaison Officer, Scott Burgess said he was aware of community concern existed regarding youth crime.
Ms Baldwin said businesses in Oak Flats were committed making life more entertaining for young people.
‘‘It’s not an us and them mentality,’’ she said.
‘‘We spoke about if the shopping district could chip in and put a barbecue on and ... provide them with a safe environment that benefits everybody.’’
Shellharbour City Council community safety officer Meegan Martinez said a lack of skateparks and other teenager-friendy facilities had been listed as possible contributors to the problem.
She said the council would be investigating ways to prevent youths from crawling on roofs of council operated facilities.