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  1. I have just discovered your blog and am really impressed. I have been a burglar alarm enthusiast since the 1970s, when I would note down the name whenever I saw a new one, and sometimes sketch them. My book at its peak held over 300 alarm names (I was a child and my resources to travel around seeking alarms were limited – my collection was mainly centred on Manchester/Cheshire). The retro ones are my favourites – it’s good to see a few of the old favourites such as ‘Rely-a.-Bell’ and ‘Modern’ with its chain-link logo are still around. My hobby has been lying dormant for a few years and I must say I found the sheer proliferation of new companies rather overwhelming. But your collection could inspire me to take it up again.
    I had particular favourites, and remember ‘Ganyard’ (seen in Stockport) with a nice pentagonal box in British racing green, and the grandiose ‘Excelsior’ and ‘Elysian’ which were vintage even then! Wish I could remember more, but I lost the book somewhere over the decades…

    • Thanks, what an amazing comment! Welcome to the blog, you will be able to comment on any post without waiting for moderation in future. I am so sorry you lost your book of burglar alarm drawings, that would probably classify as art these days. I’d certainly love to find one of those green pentagonal Ganyards…

    • Found this impressive and interesting site by chance, as a lock collector. You probably have a better knowledge of design than many in the alarm industry. The Chubb Delta was one of the early self-activated bells. That is, it contains its own battery, and anti-tamper switches so that even if ripped off the wall it will still ring.

    • Hi, thanks for your interest, but it doesn’t work like that. I have to spot an alarm box “in the wild”, and photograph it myself. Then it has to fall into one of my self-defined categories, and then I have to be doing a run of that category. So even after I’ve photographed an alarm it can be ages before I feature it, even if I really like it. Actually I’ve never seen any of Brix Secure, but now I know they exist I’ll keep my eyes peeled, looks like they are mainly midlands-based, and fall in the “swoosh” category…

    • I do have one – it just hasn’t been published yet. I have hundreds and hundreds of alarms still to publish, so it will turn up one day. I can picture it in my mind so it’s obviously quite memorable!

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