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Using sound to deter youth loitering in cities – an interesting story!


“Can Strategic Sound Deter Loitering?”

From Dr. Mercola:

  • A device known as the “Mosquito” is being used as a tool to deter loitering in city parks and playgrounds
  • According to their parent company, Moving Sound Technologies (MST), the sound is similar to the buzzing of a mosquito and, when set to 17KHz, can only be heard by people between the ages of 13 and 25 years
  • As people age, they typically have a harder time hearing high-pitched frequencies
  • Anecdotal reports suggest the relatively innocuous devices are leading to fewer incidents in areas such as condominium stairwells
  • There is concern that young children, including those unable to express their discomfort, can hear the noise, and critics suggest the devices are a form of age discrimination and may violate human rights

“How Noise Is Being Used as a Youth Repellant”

“Philadelphia is one U.S. city that’s installed the Mosquito, a small speaker-like device, in 30 parks and recreation centers.1 Their purpose is to deter youth from hanging around the areas at night by emitting an unpleasant, high-pitched noise.

Is Targeting Teens With Noise Ethical?

“The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child also suggested the Mosquito and similar devices may violate children’s rights. They’ve since been banned in certain public spaces in several England counties.”

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Posted by Steve on October 4, 2019 at 12:05 am | Permalink

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