Most people usually feel safe at Westpoint Shopping Centre, according to a poll conducted by the Sun.
Nearly 500 people responded to the online survey in a story about antisocial behaviour around the centre and Blacktown train station.
The most popular response, drawing 30 per cent of votes, was that people only felt safe during the day.
Nearly one in five said they never felt safe, while 28 per cent said they always felt safe.
The remaining 22 per cent said they felt safe most of the time.
The Sun’s Facebook post sparked significant debate, with some passionately defending the popular spot and others expressing concern.
“I have lived in this area for 15 years. I have been to Blacktown shops hundreds of times, day and night, and have never had any problems. I always feel safe there,” Susan McGuire said.
Kim Arts said: “I worked at Westpoint for 11 years on Thursday nights and weekends. Yes there were always groups of young people hanging around the front entrance, the majority of the time they were well behaved, any trouble makers were moved on by police patrolling the area.”
Many praised the efforts of police and youth workers in the area, but others shared stories of times they felt harassed or unsafe.
“I'm a mum with a young baby. I've been pushed by teen girls, called names and harassed. If I see teens, I avoid the area they're in,” Sheree Jackson said.
“I've witnessed a brawl right where there was a children’s play area set up on the top level,” Erin Brooke said.
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