Sound may wipe out vandalism

Last updated 10:56 14/02/2013
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BUZZ OFF: Youths intent on vandalism should be deterred by a high pitched whine from the Mosquito alarm trialled at Whangaparaoa. Constable Shanon Robertson, left and Constable Simon Brown from the Rodney Crime Prevention Team check warnings are in place at the Hibiscus Coast Soccer Club at Stanmore Bay.

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An alarm sounding a high pitched noise that only young people can hear is being used to prevent vandalism in a "crime corridor" at Whangaparaoa.

The Mosquito anti-vandal system, designed to deter youth loitering and associated antisocial behaviour, will be trialled at the pedestrian links from The Plaza at Whangaparaoa to Whangaparaoa Primary School and through Edith Hopper Park and Whangaparaoa College to Stanmore Bay Reserve and nearby beach.

The trial is in partnership with the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board, SLS Security manager Clint Morris and Whangaparaoa's Community Policing Team.

It follows the success in using the device at Whangaparaoa Primary School.

"The Mosquito was first installed in Whangaparaoa Primary School at the suggestion of Constable Simon Brown as the school did have problems with vandalism and theft," Constable Shanon Robertson from the Rodney Prevention Team says.

Mr Brown says the amount of antisocial crime has dropped around the school as a result.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board member John Kirikiri says along with environment design that reduces the opportunity for criminal activity, there are other measures needed. These include improved lighting, security and improved general visibility in tandem with community patrols' surveillance and regular police patrolling.

"I'd like to see the success of the Whangaparaoa Primary School installation expanded to include other areas of the Hibiscus Coast and adopted Auckland-wide," Mr Kirikiri says.

Funding provided by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has allowed installation in what police term the "crime corridor" of pedestrian links.

"The Mosquito AVS is a small device that emits a high pitched sound that only youth aged about 16 to 24 years can hear," Mr Kirikiri says. "Apparently it's quite an annoyingly irritating noise.

"Mosquitos must be expanded into our local parks and reserves, especially in Big Manly Park [a liquor ban area] where last week I picked up three dozen empty beer bottles and two dozen empty alco-pop cans," he says.

Mr Kirikiri says the Mosquito devices have been used in other parts of the country and can be moved to new sites, making them cost-effective.

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