Granley Burglar Alarm, Paul Street, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2008 • Very faded version of this, and the wooden surround is slightly different. For all Granleys see here.
Securicor Granley, Secom, The Oval, Tower Hamlets, London, E2, England, 2012 • Ancient classics.
Initial, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2011 • Couple of legacy boxes on an old mirrored building – looks like they had trouble fixing them on.
“Securicor Stronghold” burglar alarm, Bath • A Securicor takeover, I presume. • Spotted: Park Place, Bath, Avon, BA1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bath
“Securicor Granley” burglar alarm, City of Westminster • And finally, a top fave: this matchy-matchy maroon shop paint can’t disguise the proud raised logo of a tupperware box-shaped Securicor Granley. There’s an […]
“Securicor Alarms” burglar alarm, Southwark • And here’s a more recent (but still pretty old) Securicor box, after they’d dropped the “Granley”, but still in the fab and unique “tupperware […]
“Securicor Granley” burglar alarm, Gatwick • And so, after a brief detour into Securicor-land, here we are back with Granley – albeit after they had been absorbed by the former […]
“Securicor Alarms” burglar alarm, Bristol • A superb vintage find for Christmas day, Securicor in the days when it was branded “vigilant & valiant”. Founded in 1935 as Nightwatch Services, […]
“Granley Burglar Alarm” burglar alarm, Southwark • Similar to yesterday’s plain object, but without the alphabetical phone code. It’s in great condition, so maybe it’s a bit newer. • Spotted: Morocco […]
“Granley Burglar Alarm” burglar alarm, Camden • Still with an alphabetic phone code, but now really plain. This is similar to the Granley I published here, but that one had […]
“Granley Burglar Alarm” burglar alarm, Camden • And another completely different Granley design, which I found next to yesterday’s sounder, in a nest of old Granleys. This looks like something off […]
“Granley Security” burglar alarm, Camden • So, now onto a run of venerable Granleys. This is a lovely rather 1930s-looking monogram, and I’m guessing it’s the oldest of the boxes […]
Ghost under "ADT" burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • Now onto ghost alarms that have been cruelly obliterated by newer models. I reckon this round-cornered square can only be the last gasp of a tupperware box-shaped Securicor Granley (or one of its spin-offs). At least it got replaced with a sounder that matches. • Spotted: Coventry Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2, England, 2007 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow
"Securicor Granley" burglar alarm, Hackney • You only see this giant tupperware cheesebox – a shape that bears no relation to any other sounder – on old Securicor and Securicor Granley boxes. They're quite rare and often pretty worn, but apart from being skew-wiff, this one is in decent condition. Some variations have the logo on a printed label affixed to the raised flat panel, but this is the most deluxe version, with the whole logo in moulded 3D type. • Spotted: Clifton Street, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2008 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch
"Granley Burglar Alarm" burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • A very nice old Granley, with the kind of short and sweet (and therefore memorable) phone number we can only dream about nowadays, where BIS stands for for Bishopsgate in the City of London. To see more vintage alarms with three-letter phone codes, check out my Flickr gallery here – the photos were mainly curated from a Flickr pool called ONE TEL LET, featuring all sorts of objects bearing old-style exchange codes. It's full of fascinating photos (for those of a nerdy bent, anyway), and I recommend a look. • Spotted: Wentworth Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow
"Chloride Granley" burglar alarm, Hackney • I've featured this brilliant vintage sounder before, but only really small, as part of a wider decaying tableau. If you look closely there's a lightning flash in the "O" of "Chloride", which is then repeated as the large jagged circle in the middle. It's unusual in being stencilled, and is the only one of its kind I've ever found, though unadorned Granley boxes are still fairly common. Decades ago Chloride – who I associate with car batteries – must have taken over Granley, and instead of stickering on a new logo as is the norm, they used a stencil so you can still see the old design underneath: a palimpsest, if you will. I'd be interested to know more about either firm, if any of the security pros out there can enlighten me. • Spotted: Leonard Street, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch
"Chloride Granley" burglar alarm, Hackney • Another study in London pinks and grey-blues, and a most unusual alarm. The logo Chloride Granley has been spray-stencilled, graffiti-style, onto an older Granley box, beating Banksy stylistically by some decades. Below it is some genuine modern graffiti in the form of a white arrow, setting off the alarm nicely (in the artistic, rather than the siren, sense). It's more normal to add a sticker when an alarm firm has been taken over, and this is the only stencilled effacement I've ever found; I'd be interested to know if there are any further examples around. • Spotted: Leonard Street, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch