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Initial, Camden, 2004

“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 • […]
Initial, Camden, 2004

Ace, Newham, 2006

“Ace” burglar alarm, Newham • And yet another Ace. Got to get rid of them somehow. There’s a similar trapped one here. • Spotted: Leytonstone Road, Newham, London, E15, England, 2006 […]
Ace, Newham, 2006

Ace, Southwark, 2010

“Ace” burglar alarm, Southwark • Another Ace. There are millions of them, it seems. • Spotted: Belvedere Buildings, Southwark, London, SE1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of […]
Ace, Southwark, 2010

Ace, Southwark, 2010

“Ace” burglar alarm, Southwark • Similar to the one here. • Spotted: Price’s Street, Southwark, London, SE1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Ace, Southwark, 2010

TOD, Cardiff, 2012

“TOD Security Systems Quality Reliability Service” burglar alarm, Cardiff • In its tod, like. I also saw quite a few Tods in Shropshire and the Welsh borders. • Spotted: High Street Arcade, […]
TOD, Cardiff, 2012

Certes, Camden, 2012

“Certes” burglar alarm, Camden • Circular Certes; there’s a rectangular one with no roundel here. • Spotted: Percy Street, Camden, London, W1, England, 2012 • Politics: In the Labour constituency […]
Certes, Camden, 2012

APC, Southwark, 2010

“APC” burglar alarm, Southwark • A tiny faded diamond with an unexplained acronym. • Spotted: Abbey Street, Southwark, London, SE1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bermondsey […]
APC, Southwark, 2010

BCS, Dorking, 2006

“BCS” burglar alarm, Dorking • From precious diamonds to diamond shapes. This one’s overlooked by a nice gargoyle (see below). • Spotted: Town centre, Dorking, Surrey, RH4, England, 2006 • Politics: […]
BCS, Dorking, 2006

OTL, Hull, 2013

“OTL” burglar alarm, Kingston upon Hull • Featuring what appears to be an atom on an oval trajectory round an unexplained acronym. The Large Hadron Collider it ain’t. • Spotted: […]
OTL, Hull, 2013

EAS, Bath, 2011

“EAS Bath” burglar alarm, Bath • Nice old bell box quietly rusting on a Bath building. • Spotted: Crescent Lane, Bath, Avon, BA1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal […]
EAS, Bath, 2011

E.C.I., Venice: cute

“E.C.I.” burglar alarm, Venice • Cute plastic pairing on the tiny church-bound isle of San Giorgio. I’m guessing the green one signals intruders, and the red one fires. • Spotted: Cini […]
E.C.I., Venice: cute

Chubb, York: branding

NoName (Chubb) "Chubb" burglar alarm, York • And finally, to reinforce yesterday's point, another example of the classic blue triangle. This one's gone completely rusty, apart from its wee strobey hat  – but you can still tell it was a Chubb. How's that for branding? • Spotted: Stonegate, York, Yorkshire, YO1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of York Central
Chubb, York: branding

Chubb, Bristol: triangularity

Chubb "Chubb" burglar alarm, Bristol • And here we have the ultimate in burglar alarm triangularity, the Chubb. I'm talking vintage Chubbs here, the kind with a sharp-edged metal box. and even a mini-triangle strobe on the top. It's a superb-looking design, but sadly  they tend to go a bit rusty... • Spotted: St Nicholas Street, Bristol, Avon, BS1, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
Chubb, Bristol: triangularity

Protec Wells, Bristol: ziggurat

Protec Wells "Protec Wells" burglar alarm, Bristol • How charming, a logo in the form a steppy triangle. A typographic ziggurat, if you will. I think it refers to the tiny city of Wells, rather than claiming to protect water-harbouring holes in the ground. Although you never know in the West Country – things sometimes get a bit weird out that way, and they do have quite a lot of ancient wells. • Spotted: Town centre, Bristol, Avon, BS1, England, 2007 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
Protec Wells, Bristol: ziggurat

TTS Security, Tower Hamlets: weedy

TTS Security "TTS Security" burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • This really is a weedy little unexplained acronym, isn't it? If it didn't have a triangle and a sort-of-globe on it, I'd never have got round to featuring it. • Spotted: Middlesex Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow
TTS Security, Tower Hamlets: weedy

Network, Oxford: sigh

Network Security & Alarms Ltd "Network Security & Alarms Ltd" burglar alarm, Oxford • Sigh. It's got a triangle on it. 'Nuff said. • Spotted: Cornmarket, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1, England, 2012 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Oxford East
Network, Oxford: sigh

MFS, Coventry: Stasi

“MFS Midland Fire and Security Systems Alarm Systems” burglar alarm, Coventry • Bet you didn’t know MFS could stand for “Ministerium für Staatssicherheit”, aka East German security bastards the Stasi. […]
MFS, Coventry: Stasi

Interceptor, Dorking: groovy

Interceptor Intruder Alarm System "Interceptor Intruder Alarm System" burglar alarm, Dorking • Dunno what the white shark's fin signifies, but it's a triangle (scalene, don't you know), so finally provides an excuse to feature this quintessentially 1970s-looking design. In my fevered imagination, the whizzy graphics conjure up images of the local rich folk buzzing around in groovy Jensen Interceptor cars, though it's probably more about intercepting Johnny Burglar. Have patience, I've been writing about triangles for weeks now, and it's starting to get to me. • Spotted: Town centre, Dorking, Surrey, RH4, England, 2008 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of Mole Valley
Interceptor, Dorking: groovy

Index, Westminster: flash

Index "Index" burglar alarm, City of Westminster • Quite a striking design with its red reversed-out flash, and one I've been waiting to use for ages. Thanks to the power of the triangular trope, here it finally is. • Spotted: Mortimer Street, City of Westminster, London, W1, England, 2012 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of Cities of London and Westminster
Index, Westminster: flash

Delta Security, Hull: Greek

Delta KCStadium TheCircle AnlabyRd Hull HU3 6HU DSCN3230_800 "Delta Security" burglar alarm, Hull • We've had an alpha, now here's a delta. It's amazing how much Greek you get on burglar alarms. • Spotted: KC Stadium, The Circle, Anlaby Road, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, HU3, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hull West and Hessle
Delta Security, Hull: Greek

Choice, Hackney: essay

Choice "Choice" burglar alarm, Hackney • Another triangle-circle combo, this time channelling the ever-popular pizza-cum-Pacman furrow. This one's more Pacman than pizza, and they've practically written an essay on it, in really tiny type. • Spotted: Charlotte Road, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch
Choice, Hackney: essay

Cartel, Tower Hamlets: wonky

Cartel Security Surveillance Communications "Cartel Security Surveillance Communications" burglar alarm, Tower Hamlets • I don't know what this is all about. The logo's a triangle with a chunk cut out that doesn't look like anything except a wonky "V", and the name of the company refers to a type of business arrangement that's associated, in popular parlance, with illegal price fixing. Not that I'm suggested in any way that that's what this firm gets up to; it probably just sounded good when they thought of it. • Spotted: Poyser Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E2, England, 2012 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Bethnal Green and Bow
Cartel, Tower Hamlets: wonky