Stores Use Sonic Sirens to Chase Away Teens and Children News is reporting on a clever device that is being used by businesses in England to chase away troublesome teens and kids. The device emits a high-frequency sound that drives misbehaving children away from businesses and other public areas.

The device is called a “Mosquito” and it gives off a high-frequency noise that is audible – and annoying – to young ears, but is not heard by people over the age of 20.

Already, public officials and civil liberties groups are speaking out against the use of such devices.

Howard Stapleton, the inventor of the Mosquito, has called for discussions about guidelines for using the devices.

Stapleton is quoted in the article as saying –

“We tell shopkeepers to use it when they have a problem and I would be more than happy to introduce a contract which stipulates to shopkeepers how it can be used,” Stapleton was quoted as telling the Western Mail newspaper.

“People talk about infringing human rights but what about the human rights of the shopkeeper who is seeing his business collapse because groups of unruly teenagers are driving away his customers?”