Whittlesea council will use surveillance cameras and patrols to catch out  off-road bikes being ridden illegally through parklands.

The council will focus its attention on known hot spots for unlawful motorbike use.

The decision followed a petition presented to council in July which outlined the illegal use of off-road motorbikes on vacant land in the Mernda Villages estate and Quarry Hills Park.

Mayor Ricky Kirkham said the council was also looking at ways to improve surveillance and registering nuisance complaints to support police to catch riders.

He said the tracks being used by riders were for emergency vehicles, fire and maintenance access only, adding that the bikes posed a risk to people using the parkland.

“We will be working with the developer Stockland and the police to do all we can to reduce the number of motorcyclists illegally riding in this area,” Cr Kirkham said.

“But we urge residents to contact police on triple-0 if they spot riders.”

Inspector Anthony Ryan said police were compiling information about where motorbikes are coming from, where and when they are being used, and the identity and addresses of riders.