Location: Fareham Shopping Centre
Problem: Gatherings of large quantities of youths and escalating anti-social behaviour
On installing a Mosquito device:
The results were quite dramatic, with youths vacating the area within minutes within a 20-metre radius. Further devices are now being considered to further expand the area of coverage and prevent youths gathering in anti-social hot spots.
As a beat officer working in Bournemouth I had to deal with the problem of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour that regularly occurred at the rear of a community centre. We installed the mosquito system at the community centre for a trial period of approximately eight weeks. From the moment the system was deployed I was very impressed with its effectiveness. The rear of the community centre became deserted and therefore all the anti-social behaviour problems ceased.
PC Mike May 2093
Beat Officer, Dorset Police, Bournemouth
Approximately £54k worth of damage over a 12-month period preceded the installation. There have been a couple of further minor incidents of vandalism but not while the units where switched on and operational. I have regular contact with the school, and they have suffered no further vandalism since the units were fitted.
Building Surveyor, Plymouth City Council
Possible locations for the mosquito
Outside community convenience stores
Industrial estates during evening hours and weekends
School premises during evening hours, weekends and holidays
Parks during the hours of darkness