Client: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Location: Rhydycar Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
“For many years our leisure centre has been suffering from anti-social behaviour on essentially a daily basis. The culprits range in age from 2 -10 years on average. Problems included running through the centre shouting and screaming, glass panels and windows broken and outside walls being graffitied on a regular basis, costing the council a lot of money over the years and making the place unpleasant for users to visit at times.
During lockdown, this problem really didn’t subside, so we contacted Simon Morris at Mosquito Loitering Solutions to find out if the Mosquito Anti-Loitering device would solve some or all of these problems. Simon arranged for Howard Stapleton the chief technical director to attend site and determine where a Mosquito could be placed in order to deter these kids from their favourite hang-out spot. This was done within 24 hours and within 2 days, we had a unit installed on the front of the building where there is an overhang allowing the kids to stay out of the weather. The unit, on this occasion is controlled by a remote control system operated by members of staff as and when they feel it is necessary.
Within a day, the problems were resolved and further damage to the property has ceased. The centre is now a much more peaceful and inviting location. In fact the team were so impressed, that we subsequently ordered a further three systems and have installed these in other community centres and grounds that were experiencing similar anti-social issues. We are pleased to state that these have also had the desired effect and the problems have gone away.
It should also be noted that we have had no push-back from anyone in the community regarding the use of the devices and everyone involved is very pleased with the results. We will not hesitate to purchase more units should the need arise in other locations within the borough.”
Chris Felton, Facilities Manager