Western Canada and many cities in the US have been successfully using a high frequency sound, which is highly irritating and that could be picked up only by teenagers and adolescents. This anti loitering device will give more teeth to the anti graffiti drive and anti social behavior in schools and other public places.
The device, named the Mosquito, keep the loiterers at bay by giving out an extremely annoying high frequency sound that can be heard by humans in the age group of 13 to 25 years. These high frequency sound waves are sent out from small devices that are hardly the size of car stereo speaker and they can be easily fitted in school playgrounds, parks, shopping malls or pub exteriors to keep the loiterers in check. Several shops started selling these handy devices from 2006, drawing an impressive clientele.
Business owners vouch for the efficiency of the Mosquito in tackling anti social behavior from vandals and drug users. Mosquito was introduced in North America way back in 2006 by Dynatrac Systems, which imported this gadget from the United Kingdom.
Many pubs keep off the trouble makers by switching off Mosquito during the peak midnight hours. Harmless and effective, this device has helped many schools save thousands of dollars by way of cleaning anti graffiti paint. The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district could save a whopping $450,000 every year by way of vandalism bill in the year 2006 alone just by installing the mosquito device, which costs only $1,300 price. Those who are using it testify its effectiveness so are the success stories pouring in from far and wide. The product is exclusively marketed by Dynatrac all over North America.
Pub owners too are relieved a lot as they need not cop up with the unruly crowds and anti social behavior at night. Though not all instances of vandalism are caused by youngsters, they form a significant group and hence targeting this age group can help in tackling anti social behavior.
The Canadian convenience store chain of B.C stores has installed mosquito youth-deterrent devices its branches at Richmond and Victoria. Dynatrac representative Michael Gibson said that several schools and stores have shown interest in this product to protect their premises from loiterers and to speed up their anti graffiti programs.
"Before we inked the agreement with distributors, we tested it out ourselves" he said. "Believe me, younger people do find it offensive. My installer puts it on in front of his daughter's room to wake her up in the morning."
Most of the schools using this device opined that Mosquito could be used well with other security gadgets like video surveillance and water sprinklers that are commonly used to ward off the vandals and trouble makers. It is fitted with a timer device that can be programmed to suit your needs. Schools normally time it after school hours while the pubs time it during their rush hours. Teenage loitering and strategies to deal with anti social behavior have undergone a quality change with Mosquito anti loitering system. The Mosquito by emitting an ultrasonic high-pitched tone, which might resemble a buzzing sound of an insect, is giving a hard time to the loiterers.