New Mosquito Repels Teenagers
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Welshman Invents Device To Repel Teens
A device, called the Mosquito, emits a high-frequency pulsing sound that can be heard by people younger than 20 and almost nobody older than 30. The sound is designed to so irritate young people, so that after a few minutes, they cannot stand it and go away. It works because the body's ability to detect the Sonic Deterrent's frequency, diminishes after 20, adults are completely immune.
It sounds to youngsters like a demented insect or a very badly-played violin. It annoys teenagers so intensely they have to clutch their ears. Eventually they can stand it no longer and have to move on. So far the device has only been tested in one place - the local Spar in Barry (a great place to find hoards of chavs). According to the shop owner the results were instantaneous and there are now no layabouts to be found.
Howard Stapleton, a businessman and former electronics apprentice at British Aerospace, who was sick of youths hanging around outside his shop, came up with the idea. Police are backing the Sonic Teenager Deterrent, nicknamed the Mosquito because of its sound.
The £622 black box, which can be attached to the outside wall of shops, offices and homes, sends out 80-decibel bursts of pulsing sounds at up to 16khz.
Working in his bedroom in Merthyr Tydfil, and using his four children as guinea pigs, he came up with a prototype of his device and asked the local shop to test it.
'I got it so that only my kids hated it and my fiancée and I were completely unperturbed, 'he said.' We put up the prototype outside the store and almost immediately people stopped congregating.
'The beauty of it is that the noise does not have to be loud, just pitched at the right level which affects teenagers.'
Further News: Mosquito Travels Across Britain
The mosquito device emitting a sound wave which is designed to drive young troublemakers away from a problem area of Swindon, Wiltshire, England has been hailed as a success. The 'Mosquito' sonic deterrent device was installed by the Wyvern Theatre in an attempt to stop groups of up to 100 youngsters from gathering around Theatre Square.
Crime Reduction Officer Bob Walton elaborated further, 'Effectively, it's a transmitter which sends out a specialised frequency noise which according to the manufacture is particularly audible to young people under the age of 25.' He added, 'I'm in my fifties and when it's turned on all I can hear is a very faint buzz. But I understand from young people who have been exposed to the noise, it is very annoying.'
Swindon's anti-social behaviour co-ordinator M/S Cheri Wright says it is working well. Will and Guy have been told, 'We had a meeting with local retailers around here - after it had been installed for around three weeks - and feedback was really positive. Everyone was saying there has been a marked reduction in criminal damage and problems with the shops, so they've really welcomed it.' The mosquito, pictured here, has been used successfully in the USA and in Australia as far as we can establish.
It has been suggested to us that the teenagers concerned are not taking this lying down and are fighting back. Apparently they have learned how to make the mosquito noise into a cell phone ringtone and now message each other secretly in their classrooms. We do not know if this is accurate but we will bring you an update should we hear anything else.
Mosquito Update July 2010
The UK government has rejected calls to ban a device that uses a high-pitched noise to disperse teenage gangs. Police minister Nick Herbert said it was up to councils dealing with anti-social behaviour to decide whether or not to use the Mosquito, although the position could be reconsidered if there was evidence young people's health was being damaged, he added.
A report for the Council of Europe last week called for a ban, suggesting
its use may breach human rights law.
Pink lights designed to show up teenagers' spots have been installed to stop them gathering in a Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England, housing estate.
Layton Burroughs Residents' Association bought the crazy invention in a bid to curb anti-social behaviour we can report. The lights, said to have a calming influence but which also highlight skin blemishes such as acne, have been installed in three underpasses [subways] on the estate.
Tony Gelsthorpe, chairman of the Layton Burroughs Residents' Association, stated, 'We've had problems with underage drinking, drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and general intimidation. I was a little bit dubious about the pink lights at first but it's done the trick.'
Some question the use of the light saying, 'Anything that aims to embarrass people out of an area is not on.'
You appeared from nowhere and shamelessly, without any reservations, you laid on my naked body … you sensed my indifference, so you applied your hungry mouth to me without any guilt or humiliation and you drove me near crazy while you drained me.
Finally, I drifted off to sleep.
My body still bears faint marks of your enthusiastic ravishing, making it all the more difficult to forget you.
Tonight, I will remain awake, waiting for you ...
Mosquito, spray at the ready!
Move Along Or You Will Hear This Man Singing
Will and Guy have the feeling that this man might work better to repel noisy, graffiti daubing and irksome teenagers who have been annoying members of the public in Christchurch, New Zealand, than the mosquito mentioned above. We realise many will disagree with this opinion!
This man is world famous singer, songwriter and entertainer, Barry Manilow, from the USA. It appears that you either love him or hate him. Christchurch Central City Business Association manager, Mr P. Lonsdale, is to play his music to these recalcitrant teenagers in the areas in which they gather in the hope that they will dislike the music so much they will move along and not bother local members of the public.
Please let us know if it works.
Mosquitos, Pink Lights and now Manilow - whatever next ask Will and Guy?
Litter Louts Named And Shamed: A Funny True Story
A shopkeeper from Gloucestershire, England, has cut litter in her village by 40% by writing children's names on their sweet wrappers. Yvonne Froud, 52, marks each wrapper, crisp packet and drinks container with the name of the buyer using an indelible marker.
Litter louts who drop their rubbish are shown the evidence and temporarily banned from her shop or told to go on a litter-pick, Will and Guy have discovered.
Ollie Williams, aged eight, informed us, 'I have to put the packet in the bin because it has my name on it.'
The two-week scheme has been so successful Ms Fround says she might extend it to adult shoppers at her post office and stores in Joys Green. She reported, 'I was so disgusted by the litter I had to do something about it. Now if we find packets around the village we know who they belong to. I will do it with adults if they start littering too.'
A Chinese city has introduced a new street-cleaning machine, composed of a tractor and more than a dozen bamboo brooms. The street cleaner, spotted by tourists in Qinghuangdao city, Hebei province, China, is a great source of amusement. 'I couldn't believe what I was seeing, but it was really cleaning the street,' laughed a passer-by.
More than a dozen brooms are attached to a machine able to turn clockwise or counter-clockwise. The 'machine' is only able to move litter and dust to the side of the street, where another person is employed to clear it later, reports the Beijing News.
Will and Guy ponder, could the street-cleaning machine be used to clear those pesky teenagers from hanging around street corners?
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