“Mosquito” device banned!
The Mosquito device which emits a high-pitched sound to disperse groups of youths was banned by Kent’s local authority today to protect their rights. About 3,500 Mosquitos have been used in shopping centres, parks and shops in England since being introduced in January 2006. Its sound causes discomfort to young ears but is above the normal hearing range of people over 25. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), which represents 33,000 local shops, has said the device can counter anti-social behaviour.
Councillors in Kent decided against installing them on the county council’s buildings after talking to their youth members. They felt there was a contradiction in their duty to represent young people and respect their views. They now plan to lobby the government for a nationwide ban. Mike Hill, the community services member on the council, said: “These devices are abhorrent and give the wrong message to our young people. The noise may result in youngsters moving away from an area when they are causing no harm.”