The Mosquito Alarm is repellant.

“The Mosquito ultrasonic teenage deterrent is the solution to the eternal problem of unwanted gatherings of youths and teenagers in shopping centres, around shops, your home and anywhere else they are causing problems.”

The statement above has been lifted from the web page of CCTVdirect one of many UK distributors of the Mosquito ultrasonic youth *deterrent* manufactured by Compound Security. Ever since I first read about these things I’ve thought they should be banned outright. Quite why it’s seen as okay to combat alleged antisocial behaviour with what definitely is antisocial behaviour escapes me. Hypocrisy and righteousness like this is sickening.mosquito1

These things are a legitimatised assault on any young person who happens to come into their range. I cannot think of any other *deterrent* that so unfairly effects such a wide section of the general public.

If anyone was looking for a way to alienate a group of people then the Mosquito must be a front runner. The vilification of young people is quite simply wrong and all to frequent these days. The attitude that this thing represents and reinforces is disgusting. The notion that groups of teenagers are an intimidating and real threat is one that is propagated by the media and companies like CCTV direct and Compound Security. The media alone has been quite successful in creating a climate of fear and suspicion about this and plenty of other presumed maladies of our times without other profiteering companies getting in on the act. Why they get away with doing so is another rant for some other time.

I would understand entirely if young people took it upon themselves to try and disarm everyone one of these that they could. It would certainly be no worse than the efforts there have been to destroy speed cameras. Credit to them for not doing so and instead pursuing lawful means to campaign against the installation of the devices.

Good on the Children’s Commissioner, Liberty and The National Youth Agency for supporting a ban. Shame on the government for allowing young people to be victimised in this way.

Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti said:

“What type of society uses a low-level sonic weapon on its children? Imagine the outcry if a device was introduced that caused blanket discomfort to people of one race or gender, rather than to our kids. The mosquito has no place in a country that values its children and seeks to instill them with dignity and respect.”

Sir Al Aynsley-Green, Children’s Commissioner for England said:

“The use of measures such as these are simply demonising children and young people, creating a dangerous and widening divide between the young and the old. We are sending out the message that we as a society don’t value our children and young people and we don’t respect their rights as outlined in the United National’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. This has to end now.”

No longer a young person myself I won’t be affected by the noise but all of my kids might. Whenever I come across one I will make sure never to buy anything in the vicinity of the shops they are serving to *protect* until the offending articles are removed.

16 Comments

  1. Cheers Alex

    This Mosquito device is well discriminatory to teenagers.
    We’ll just end up finding a way to destroy it 🙂

  2. It is quite clear by reading your comments that you do no suffer from ASB on your doostep almost 24/7. After having suffer up tp 20 or 30 young people drinking, being abusive and using the place as a public toilet I had a unit fitted and the problem was solved overnight. (human rights for the victims Shami Chakrabarti)

  3. Again, it is quite clear that you haven’t faced the threat of constant violence on your own doorstep. The police aren’t interested, it is time to find our own solutions.

  4. Hello Brian. If you followed the link I included in my last comment you would see that it’s not been all sweetness and smiles in my neighbourhood. Maybe your problems are much worse and you’ve not had any success in having them resolved. I’m sorry about that. I wish you luck. I still don’t think the mosquito alarm is the way to go though.

    There are still problems where I live. If you care to find out a bit about Chatham and the Medway Towns you’d soon realise that I don’t live in the leafy suburbs. As it goes it was in Gillingham that the first ASBO order was ever made.

    Vilifying and alienating young people will never solve anything. Over time I imagine the them and us attitude will do nothing other than drive us further apart.

    The mosquito alarm may well appear to be a quick fix though I am of the view the longer term effects of this device and the attitude that goes with it will be something we all come to regret.

  5. Well i think it is a supid idea

    like
    i went out side a shop that had one and like it almost gave me tunnel vision

    that is went u can only see in a straight line and like it hurt my ears a lot
    i just hate it

  6. The local shop in my area has one of these, which is not meant to be heard by adults. Myself I am 36 & can quite clearly hear it when it is operating, this gives me an instant headache & knocks me off balance. I now avoid this particular shop whenever I can!

  7. A House in my area has one of these installed outside there house and it gives me bad headaches and makes me feel dizzy every time i walk past it the only problem is this certain route home from were all my friends live and this is my biggest problem with it.
    Also is it not assault to inflict pain/injury direct or indirectly to another human?

    Andrew 15

  8. More power to the people I say. lets claim back the streets for decent people. if this device stops loony youths from bad behaviour then bring it on. it should be installed in every houshold in the uk.

  9. My inclination is to favour it, as police seem to take the easy option of doing nothing (or harassing amateur photographers!). Something has to be done about the charmless cretins that frequent folks’ doorways, gardens etc; and being grossly anti-social in the process.

  10. To Alex, May 4th 2008 post. The link now appears to be broken, presumably as it was so long ago. Also, do you not moderate some of the posts that contain pretty rough language? Looks to me like just the sort of brain-dead cretins mentioned who are just trying to be sensationalist.

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