As we get older we can’t hear certain frequencies. However young people can still hear them. Philadelphia officials are taking advantage of this by installing a device called the Mosquito in its parks.
This device has been designed to emit a very loud and blaring sound emitted at a very high frequency that only people aged between 13 to 25 can hear. Older people won’t hear it at all. The sound is played continuously from 10pm at night up to 6am in the morning. The idea behind the installation of these devices is to deter youths from hanging out in the park late at night and potentially committing crimes like vandalism. It keeps the park safe.
But not everyone is thrilled by the device. There are about 31 devices installed across the city’s parks now. According to Philadelphia councilwoman, Helen Gym, “In a city that is trying to address gun violence and safe spaces for young people, how dare we come up with ideas that are funded by taxpayer dollars that turn young people away from the very places that were created for them? … I don’t think that this project is going to go any further until it meets with the full scrutiny of the public and that we have some serious attention paid to whether this is the best use of our money.”
She may have a point. Some also think it is a form of discrimination, as older people can cause trouble as well, but the devices do not target them. Stay tuned on this one.