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Mosquito - Sonic Youth Weapon 'should be banned'

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Tuesday February 12, 2008 14:37author by Ban the Mosquito Report this post to the editors

In the UK today a new campaign called “Buzz off' has been launched by the Children’s Commissioner and supported by various groups including Liberty, to ban the sonic youth deterrent called 'Mosquito'. The device is manufactured by a Welsh company called Comound Security Systems [CSS] ( ) The unit generates a painful pulsing, ultra-sonic, tone at around 16khz, which is close to the limit of the hearing range of people under 25 years old, but apparantly inaudible to anyone above that age.
The Mosquito - Also known as the 'Teenage Repel'ent Device"
The Mosquito - Also known as the 'Teenage Repel'ent Device"

Al Aynsley-Green, Children’s Commissioner for England, said he had spoken to many young people who had been “deeply affected” by the deterrents. He said: “These devices are indiscriminate and target all children and young people, including babies, regardless of whether they are behaving or misbehaving. “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.”

UK Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti also said the device had no place in a country which values its children. “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,” she said.

The situation in Ireland

During late 2006 and throughout 2007, the Mosquito was hailed by the media and business owners as the solution to 'Anti social behaviour'. 100's of the units have been sold since. The main distributor (and only to the best of my knowledge) in Ireland is Tallaght based Devlin Retail Systems Ltd. On their website they proudly display the logo's of their customers who include Dublin and Athlone City Council, Tesco, Spar, Centra, Xtra-vision and more. Quote: "Already installed in a number of Residential Areas, Office Blocks, County Councils, Public Transport Departments, Shopping Centres, Universities, Schools". They also cite 'positive' (tabloid) press stories. More detailed information on Devlin Retail Systems and the Mosquito device can be found here.

Youth Work Ireland - Mosquito Device "legally questionable" - The device “is capable, in its ordinary use of perpetrating a criminal assault within the meaning of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997, and therefore its user will leave himself , herself or itself liable to criminal prosecution”

Irish Examiner - Using mosquito devices on children could constitute assault, says ombudsman.
“We have had legal advice on it and it is an assault under the Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997 if the noise is deliberately and intentionally targeted at a person as opposed to a general noise,” Michael McLoughlin of Youth Work Ireland.

Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997

2. —(1) A person shall be guilty of the offence of assault who, without lawful excuse, intentionally or recklessly—

( a ) directly or indirectly applies force to or causes an impact on the body of another, or

( b ) causes another to believe on reasonable grounds that he or she is likely immediately to be subjected to any such force or impact,

without the consent of the other.

(2) In subsection (1)(a), "force" includes—

( a ) application of heat, light, electric current, NOISE or any other form of energy

There are also legal issues to whether or not this device contravenes the Equality Act 2004 and Human Rights Act. Essentially what is needed in Ireland now is a test case.

Irish Teenagers views and experiences on the Mosquito -

"I suffer from tinnitus, due to ear surgery a few years ago (have very sensitive hearing i.e. it didn't impact on it). Not only can I hear those devices loud and clear, but they set off my tinnitus (ringing in my ears) extremely badly."

"My 13 year old daughter encountered one for the first time today, at a centre near a friends house. She says she found the noise unbearably painful."

"I'm in my 20s and can hear them. I'd classify them as extreme noise pollution and should be outlawed immediately. I would never shop in any store that uses one of these devices, to the level that I would actually boycott them for good." - In early 2007 a website appeared called A company called DB Acoustics ( ) based in College Green, Dublin 2, published it. This website was dedicated to selling the Mosquito device. In late 2007 this website was taken down and DB Acoustics no longer sell this item. The archived version of this website can be viewed here.*/*

You can listen to the Mosquito tones here. Be careful!

It is my belief that a similar campaign to ban this device should begin in Ireland. A national boycott of businesses that are using this technology is a good place to start. Indeed, if you know of a business who is using this device, post their information and location here. Moreover, if you have experienced the Mosquito effects, post your experiences here. If this device is left unchallenged it will probably lead the way for the introduction of more and similar devices. Indeed, Compound Security announced in 2007 that "We are now launching another security-related project within the next few months." This new product is the GSM Mosquito. It can be activated and deactivated simply by sending a text message to it via a mobile phone.

Other Press Stories 2007

RTE 'Mosquito' device examined,...l,230

Letterkenny Post

Belfast Telegraph

The Irish News

UK Press Stories - 12th February 2008

BBC - Calls to ban 'anti-teen' device

UK Times - Kids' commissioner calls for ban on Mosquito, ultrasonic anti-teen device

Guardian - Call for ban on audio device that targets young ears

SKY - Call To Swat Anti-Teen Mosquito Gadgets,,30100-1305024,00...f=rss

The Mosquito device is used by Mc Donald's in Letterkenny
The Mosquito device is used by Mc Donald's in Letterkenny

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Disgrace     E.Fox GMIT    Tue Feb 12, 2008 17:32 
   Quote from BBC website/radio report     Mike    Tue Feb 12, 2008 17:53 
   the myth that older people cant hear it.     Mike    Tue Feb 12, 2008 18:03 
   ban them now     annoyed    Tue Feb 12, 2008 18:55 
   Health effects of ultrasonics ?     Mike    Tue Feb 12, 2008 21:00 
   wrong noise     lulu    Tue Feb 12, 2008 21:17 
   Regulate use!     BadSamaritan    Wed Feb 13, 2008 00:46 
   Couple of interesting points raised above     Ban the Mosquito    Wed Feb 13, 2008 09:48 
   Paul Street antisocial mosquito     Cork boy    Wed Feb 13, 2008 22:59 
 10   East Meath United FC     Peter    Wed Feb 13, 2008 23:25 
 11   UK BUZZ OFF CAMPAIGN - STOP DISCRIMINATION - GET INFORMATION     Ban the Mosquito    Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:13 
 12   More info on Mosquitos     Ban the Mosquito    Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:56 
 13   It's not just teens affected     Spinning Quickly    Thu Feb 14, 2008 18:04 
 14   Would it not be possible & creative to do a young deaf protest?     5%    Fri Feb 15, 2008 00:49 
 15   Irish Deaf Society's only TV representation back on air from Feb. 24th!     5%    Sat Feb 16, 2008 21:37 
 16   Independent Cllr calls for Meath Businesses to end the use of `teen tormentors'     Ban the Mosquito    Thu Feb 21, 2008 15:00 
 17   Ogra Fianna Fail Councillor Damien Blake is also calling for a ban     BTM    Thu Feb 21, 2008 15:18 
 18   Outrageous infringement of rights     alex    Mon Feb 25, 2008 08:51 
 19   The other side of the story     Ms Corr    Tue Apr 15, 2008 09:25 
 20   Seen this Ms Corr?     CrystalBalls    Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:04 
 21   Emily O'Reilly declares war on mosquito devices     Stuart    Tue Jul 01, 2008 13:10 
 22   Emily Logan declares war on mosquito devices     Stuart    Tue Jul 01, 2008 13:18 
 23   Kewl Kids in UK assaulted by these . . .     not 1 of    Tue Jul 01, 2008 15:10 
 24   Let us control noise; it is a silent killer.     L. JAMES    Sun Jul 06, 2008 19:33 
 25   European Campaign Against Mosquito Devices     Michael Mc Loughlin    Wed Mar 25, 2009 17:44 
 26   New Mosquito device for 2009. Now everyone is in the firing line.     Updater    Thu Mar 26, 2009 09:10 
 27   Politician Deterrent.     Pluto    Thu Mar 26, 2009 09:46 
 28   Irish Video - Mosquito Bites – 11minutes     BTM    Thu Mar 26, 2009 09:55 
 29   Mosquito     Moostafa    Wed Sep 23, 2009 22:53 
 30   Brazilian embassy seige in Honduras using sonic devices- lessons from US siege of Vatican embassy?     5%    Fri Sep 25, 2009 22:30 
 31   Can be Herard.     Pete.    Sat Sep 26, 2009 18:40 
 32   Evelyn Glennie!!!! Scottish genius woman, drumer, composer & educationalist is deaf     No 2 Lisbon %    Sat Sep 26, 2009 21:49 
 33   Let’s go back in time a little.     BTM    Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:57 
 34   Us use Sonic LARD weapon for first time publically (on US soil) at Pittsburgh G20     tinnitus    Tue Sep 29, 2009 22:05 
 35   Sound Police.     Wish I were Deaf.    Tue Sep 29, 2009 22:40 
 36   what do shop owners do then?     Tony    Sat Nov 21, 2009 20:57 
 37   what should shop owners do?     ShopNazi    Sat Nov 21, 2009 21:26 
 38   What do shop owners do then?     John    Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:50 
 39   mosquito     tired martin    Fri Sep 05, 2014 18:02 

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