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City Using Age-Targeted Sonic Device To Keep Teens Out Of Parks At Night

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City Using Age-Targeted Sonic Device To Keep Teens Out Of Parks At Night

The city of Philadelphia has installed devices throughout parks at night which will emit an annoying sound, in hopes of keeping teenagers out of the parks.

The city began planting these throughout various parks in 2014 and continues to put them in new areas all the time. Now there are at least 30 government controlled properties in the city that are using these devices to keep people away during off hours, or out of restricted areas.

However, there is a catch, it is a frequency that only young people can hear, and it is extremely annoying to them. Anyone over the age of 25 is not supposed to be able to hear the sound.

The devices are called “Mosquitos” and they are currently banned in some states.

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Brian Conner, president of the National Youth Rights Association, says that this is a form of youth based discrimination.

“It very clearly discriminates against young people. It punishes non-criminal behavior, and the idea that youth are more prone to commit crimes than adults is just wrong,” Connor told BillyPenn.

Michael Gibson, president of Moving Sound Technologies, the company responsible for creating the Mosquito devices, says that this product is intended to protect private property.

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“We do install in the parks in Philadelphia, but…they’re not actually activated until the park or rec center becomes private property. People have the right to protect their property,” Gibson said.

Philadelphia Parks & Rec spokesperson Maita Soukup said that they only operate when the parks are closed to the public, so people shouldn’t be there anyway.

“These sonic devices are just one part of a holistic safety system, and only operate when sites are closed to the public. We welcome all residents to enjoy our parks and playgrounds during the hours they are open to the public,” Soukup said.

List of Parks and Rec sites with overnight sonic devices installed, from ABC:

Cione Playground 2600 ARAMINGO AVE 19125

Cohocksink Recreation Center 2901 CEDAR ST 19134

Ford Recreation Center 609-39 SNYDER AVE 19148

Markward Playground 400-16 S TANEY ST 19103

Kendrick Recreation Center 5822-24 RIDGE AVE 19128

Rose Playground 7401 LANSDOWNE AVE 19151

East Poplar Playground 800 N 08TH ST 19123

Fishtown Playground 1202-32 E MONTGOMERY AVE 19125

Hancock Playground 147 MASTER ST 19122

12th & Cambria Playground 1149 W CAMBRIA ST 19133

American Legion Playground 6201 TORRESDALE AVE 19135

Bridesburg Recreation Center 4625 RICHMOND ST 19137

Piccoli Playground 1501 E BRISTOL ST 19124

Waterloo Playground 2502-12 N HOWARD ST 19133

Belfield Recreation Center 2109 W CHEW AVE 19138

Water Tower Recreation Center 209-99 E HARTWELL LA 19118

Boyle Recreation Center 13024 STEVENS RD 19116

Chalfont Playground 4336 DEERPATH LA 19154

Fitzpatrick Playground 3500 ACADEMY RD 19154

Fox Chase Playground 601 BORBECK AVE 19111

Junod Park 3102 MECHANICSVILLE RD 19154

Lack man Playground 800 BARTLETT ST 19115

Mitchell Playground 3694 CHESTERFIELD RD 19114

Palmer Playground 11701 THORNTON RD 19154

Picariello Playground 3325 RED LION RD 19154

Lower Mayfair Playground 3001 ROBBINS ST 19149

Pleasant Playground 6750 BOYER ST 19119

Dorsey Playground and OL 6501 HEGERMAN ST 19135

Emanuel Recreation Center 8500 PICKERING AVE 19150

Glavin Playground 3267-81 ALMOND ST 19134

Barrett Playground 8th & Duncannon

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