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“Detection Protection”, Lambeth: dated doggerel

Detection Protection burglar alarm Lambeth 2009“Detection Protection” burglar alarm, Lambeth • What can I say? Like all the other detection themed alarms, dull, dull dull – and ancient, and faded, and cheaply done – exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to find in a road called Lower Marsh (believe it or not, there’s an Upper Marsh, too). But at least it rhymes! • Spotted: Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Vauxhall

Detection Protection burglar alarm Lambeth 2009

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  1. Thanks for the link!! was nice seeing all the pics of these as a lot are being replaced by the firms updated box as now as using bells is apparently so last century!!
    Done some research on the “coke bottle top”.
    It was made by a company called Scantronic based in Middx.
    Scantronic make the mid to higher end alarm equipment,
    they named this the Eurobell. So i think this is a classy bell!!
    Modern Alarms used this “coke bottle top” for some time and then i think they used the inside design of the bell that scantronic made but just put the very common hexagon cover over it that someone designed (and i think i can get the name of the designer too!)

    The road where the “club security systems” are on a housing estate in Thame Oxfordshire. The roads they are on is Cheshire Road/Bannister Road.
    Though there are still lots of them there, i think some have faded quite a lot.

    • Thanks for your comments, I really like to know about the history of these boxes. I’ll probably do a follow-up piece on this, and I’ll credit your info. If you have a URL you’d like me to link your credit to – eg a business page or a blog – let me know.

      Also, I’ve now started a Flickr group called Burglar Alarm World, to which anyone can add photos of burglar alarms. So if you have any nice shots, please join the group. The URL is

      Finally, if you check out these two entries on my Flickr page – Bulldog Sheffield and Modern East Grinstead – you’ll find comments from another guy who’s knowledgeable about burglar alarms, and was responsible for designing some of the boxes, which may be of interest to you.

    • Yes, the round ones are my favourite shape – especially with bulbs on. I think they’re some of the oldest, hence the often basic designs. I’ll post some more soon.

      • Id love to know how old they are, there is a housing estate all houses fitted with blue versions of these and must be a development of about 50 houses and they are all called “club security systems” with a club logo. I just wonder if the owners of the houses realise they are in an alarm club.

    • Inspired by your comment about Coke bottle tops, I’ve uploaded a set of charming old “Coke cap” alarms to Flickr here and given you a mention.

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