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Silver alarms: the next generation

Burglar alarm colours: silver • Although I’ve come across the odd silvery box over the years, 2010 saw a notable trend for super-shiny silver alarms – epitomised by the aptly-named Young & Young and Next Gen examples. Long-standing firms are constantly upgrading to this look, for instance East Tower, whose clip-art Tower Bridge logo has advanced from kitsch to swish by swapping coloured plastic for a mirror finish; or Briar, whose bonkers monogram, a B made of padlocks, looks quite sensible now it’s reflective. Silver is one of the few box styles that sits well with slick architecture – but if alarms were all to become this tasteful, I’d soon lose interest in documenting them. • Below: a selection of silver boxes, old and new

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  1. They are made of stainless steel and they don’t rust, that is why they are popular. Because of the metal they do cost more than a normal box, this is why you will not see thousands of them, most companies only fit them when asked by the customer who is prepared to pay the extra.

  2. Really the companies who can;t spell their own phone numbers should not be included, or should get a special mention. If they can’t do phone numbers, what are their alarms like?

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