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Casa, Bath, 2013

Casa, St Catharine’s Close, Bath, Avon, 2013 (photo by Stuart Feltham) • As already stated, my daily alarms are soon coming to an end (though I will still add some […]
Casa, Bath, 2013

Admiral, Hull, 2013

“Admiral” burglar alarm, Kingston upon Hull • Sea militia, if you will. There are more Admirals here. • Spotted: Savile Street, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1, England, 2013 • Politics: […]
Admiral, Hull, 2013

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

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

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

Audible Security, Birmingham: flowery

Audible WaterSt Birmingham B3 DSCN6120_800 "Audible Security" burglar alarm, Birmingham • Blimey, well I'd hope it would be audible, it's pretty useless otherwise. Though it'll have to be pretty loud to pierce through the tsunami of flowers cascading from the window box above it (see below). • Spotted: Water Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Birmingham Ladywood Audible WaterSt Birmingham B3 DSCN6119_1200
Audible Security, Birmingham: flowery

Cerberus, Bristol: hades

Cerberus "Cerberus" burglar alarm, Bristol • Weird blank arched alarm named after the three-headed guard dog to the entrance of Hades, also known as a constellation and a dark spot on Mars, amongst other astronomical things. There's a very tiny logo on there, but I can't work out what it is: it looks like a  a book, a shield and a knight stumbled into the telepod machine that turned Jeff Goldblum into The Fly.• Spotted: John Street, Bristol, Avon, BS1, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
Cerberus, Bristol: hades

Greystag, Birmingham: stationary

Greystag SnowHillStn Birmingham 6150_800 "Greystag Security Systems" burglar alarm, Birmingham • And finally for this run of crazy creatures, a grey stag I spotted just last week in Birmingham – it seems to be the guardian beast of choice on every train station there. • Spotted: Snow Hill station, Livery Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Birmingham Ladywood
Greystag, Birmingham: stationary

Hawk, Exeter: grumpy

Hawk MarketSt Exeter Devon DSCN4093_800 "Hawk" burglar alarm, Exeter • What a grumpy-looking bird! I found it on a fish shop (well, aquarium supplies), thus doubling its relevance to this update of the creatures theme. • Spotted: Market Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Exeter
Hawk, Exeter: grumpy

Wessex Fire & Security: updated

Wessex bellbox1_800 "Wessex Fire & Security" burglar alarm, Shaftesbury • I first featured the Wessex owl here, and it's one of my all-time favourites. The firm has just updated their identity, so I'm happy to report that they've kept the wise old bird: far more charming the fierce beasts popular in more urban areas, and an appealing contrast to the dull corporate-type bell box designs that seem to be proliferating. • Spotted: Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of North Dorset
Wessex Fire & Security: updated

Somer 2000, Bristol: anvil

Somer 2000 "Somer 2000" burglar alarm, Bristol • A really unusual name and logo, which looks like a 1980s retro-futurist illustration of a communist-era anvil. However it may go back further than that: the Somer 2000 website informs us that the firm incorporates the vintage-sounding Sutton Transformers, whose logo this seems to be (note the S and T). The former were founded in 1995, the latter in 1975, so I'm not sure where the 2000 comes in (if it was meant to sound futuristic, they underestimated their longevity).  I still think that's an anvil, with the lightning bolts shooting out – perhaps they made their transformers in a forge. • Spotted: Merchants Road, Bristol, Avon, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
Somer 2000, Bristol: anvil

“ATA Systems”, Bristol: intricate

ATA Systems Protegimus "ATA Systems Protegimus" burglar alarm, Bristol • Not sure if this is related to yesterday's ATA – the trestle-tabley monogram's quite similar, if somewhat ambiguous as to whether it says AA or ATA. The surrounds, however, are vastly more intricate: a heraldic array of shield, crossed swords, scary cyclops eye, what looks like a maltese cross poking out from behind, and all supported with a scroll bearing the Harry Potteresque declamation "Protegimus" (we protect). Leaving nothing to chance, then. • Spotted: Nova Scotia Place, Bristol, Avon, BS1, England, 2013 • Politics: In the Liberal Democrat constituency of Bristol West
“ATA Systems”, Bristol: intricate