Mosquito causes buzz as Scottish Grocers' Federation defends deterrent's use
The Scottish Grocers' Federation has defended the use of Mosquitoes - the devices emitting high-pitched noise that only young people can hear - to deter antisocial behaviour outside shops.
Chief executive John Drummond spoke out after MSP Bill Kidd lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament encouraging local authorities to follow Edinburgh City Council
and outlaw the device.
retailers for antisocial problems caused by
young people, yet are unwilling to make
the culprits take responsibility
," Drummond said.
"Many of our members
use a Mosquito device
as a last resort
outside shops, who are often intimidating
customers and staff. Members
use the device
sparingly, to reduce the threat of antisocial behaviour."
The Mosquito is completely harmless and has undergone rigorous independent tests, according to the manufacturer, Compound Security Systems.
Commercial director Si Morris said: "Our customers rely on the Mosquito to improve
quality of life for their residents, reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in communities, and to protect public areas . Our product is a safe and instant solution to a widespread problem."
Critics claim it demonises youngsters . Last year, Children's Commissioner Al Aynsley-Green said the device
breached human rights. Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti added: "What type of society uses a low-level sonic weapon on its children?" Around 3,500
Mosquitoes are estimated to be in use
nationally, in areas such as parks and shopping centres.