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“Ambush”, Tower Hamlets: chunky UK plug


“Ambush Security Systems” burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • This looks even more like a chunky British electrical plug than yesterday’s Secom, and is the only example of this sounder shape I’ve ever come across. It’s the only Ambush device I’ve found too: a quick Google shows they’re an Uxbridge outfit that formed in 1998, and acquired Jaguar Alarm Company in 2005 (possibly this firm). The ancient tactic of ambush is a classic militia-style burglar alarm name, of the kind that started me writing this bonkers blog in the first place; in olden times, such a manoeuvre might have involved battalions of soldiers concealed behind a hilltop, but I imagine this firm’s response is more modest. • Spotted: Redchurch Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E2, England, 2007 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow

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  1. Ha, Vici – you may well be amused further to know the bell box is a Ventcroft “Oddity”……though it utterly beats me why any manufacturer would call their product an “oddity”.

    Better too, is as an “even more chunky British plug” – Ventcroft, for their part describe it as low profile. I tend more to your description I think :)

    As for Ambush – I don’t know too much about them, but yes, it was “that” Jaguar Alarm Company they bought.

    Bill.

  2. Hi. As stated by Bill Boyd, it is the same Jaguar Alarm Company who were based in Acton. Ambush still going strong, co owned by Mick Alley who I worked with at Chubb Alarms many moons ago.

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