Hercules Road, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2011 • Faded version of this. Always like these pentagonal Shorrocks.
Shorrock Alarm, Merchant City area, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1, Scotland, 2010 • Now for some faded alarms. Most similar previous post to this old Shorrock is this.
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.
“Universal Security (UK) Ltd” burglar alarm, Dartmouth • Expansive geographical ambitions, a globe and the universe. Looks like that was an Initial Shorrock underneath. • Spotted: Lower Street, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6, […]
“Shorrock Alarm” burglar alarm, City of Westminster • Rare to find an old Shorrock with its label still on, albeit a flaky and drippy one. • Spotted: Great Portland Street, City […]
“Initial” burglar alarm, Camden • Initial without the Shorrock – there’s one with the Shorrock (and some bird poo) here. • Spotted: Covent Garden area, Camden, London, WC2, England, 2004 • […]
Nameless burglar alarm with 10 stickers, Camden • Sticker mania on what looks like an old Shorrock alarm – I make it least ten tattered examples. • Spotted: Clerkenwell Road, Camden, London, […]
“Shorrock Alarm” burglar alarm, Old Amersham • And another old Shorrock, with an intact if crazed label, and a different box type from yesterday’s. There are endless slight variations on […]
“Shorrock Alarm” burglar alarm, City of Westminster • A much earlier Shorrock, unusually with label intact. You still see plenty of these around, but they’re usually faded and anonymous, and […]
“Shorrock” burglar alarm, Bristol • And here’s the final, rather mossy, incarnation of the “tupperware” box, as a Shorrock. You still see quite a few of these around, so I’m […]
"Shorrock" burglar alarm with dog sticker, Bristol • I got obsessed with this sticker a while back, as you can read here and here. And when I went back five years later it was still there, albeit even more tattered. • Spotted: Richmond Hill, Bristol, Avon, BS8, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
Ghost under "3D Security Systems" burglar alarm, Lambeth • This faint ghost-shadow is pentagonal, which means it's either an occult symbol, or the final traces of a Shorrock. As for the usurping brand 3D, its initials are clearly meant to suggest three dimensions, but also have the less marketing-friendly meaning of "third". • Spotted: Lower Marsh, Lambeth, London, SE1, England, 2007 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Vauxhall
Ghost burglar alarm (dirty), St Albans • The pentagon is a really rare sounder shape, so even I can narrow this grubby example down to a handful of firms: Shorrock, Initial, Initial Shorrock, or Chubb. One of which is poking out a wiry tongue. • Spotted: Town centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of St Albans
"Rampart Security" burglar alarm, St Albans • Apart from Bastion, this is the only fortification alarm featured that doesn't actually picture its defences. It's pasted over a vintage Shorrock, unless I'm very much mistaken – although of a type I've not featured yet, I'm surprised to discover. • Spotted: Town centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of St Albans
"Shorrock" burglar alarm, Bristol • Now we're on to unusual square sounders, though this kind of design may be more common abroad – I've seen several in Belgium and Italy, for a start. The classic Shorrock is a pentagon as here, so I reckon this mini-fan-heater is older, though the logo's the same. • Spotted: Surrey Street, Bristol, Avon, BS2, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
"Initial" burglar alarms, Bath • This building is so Bath – it looks as if it's falling apart, but is full of expensive stuff. Arranged like a kitchen sink still-life from the art gallery within, the twin Initial alarms balance the tubs of dying plants beneath, with a scruffy tableau of junk in the top right window adding a final downbeat flourish. I always love Bath for the first day I'm there, then start to hate it in all its small-town, early-closing dullness – the best thing I discovered last time was The Star Inn, an ancient pub that serves real ale and occasional free cheese, albeit mainly to groups of 50-something men discussing Dr Who. • Spotted: George Street, Bath, Avon, BA1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bath