BELGRAVE police do not believe a McDonald's in Tecoma will increase crime and hoon behaviour, as protest groups have claimed.
Sergeant Michael Hall told the Weekly that local officers were more concerned about increased traffic flow and collisions.
"We don't have concerns it will be a gathering spot for hoons. Other McDonald's don't have that," he said.
In October, Tecoma Village Action Group argued at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that crime would increase.
Representatives of 'No Maccas in the Hills' have also commented that the McDonald's would become a hoon hot spot.
Sergeant Hall said police believed the rate of entry and exit into the restaurant would be the bigger issue. "Its location near the corner of Burwood Highway and Sandells Road is more worrying," he said.
"There'll be more people coming into town, and coming and going in the drive-throughs. But this isn't the only fast-food place in Tecoma. Monbulk and Bayswater both have [sandwich chain] Subway and we have no issues there."