Chapter 38: Police & Fire Alarm System
- No person shall install, connect or maintain, or cause to be installed, connected or maintained, any police alarm equipment, device or system in or to the police headquarters in the township for the purpose of transmitting a signal or alarm or reporting a signal, alarm or prerecorded message to the attention of the police department for the purpose of summoning the police department or, through the police department, the fire department or other municipal agency in response thereto, without first having made application and been issued a permit therefor in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules, regulations and procedures established and provided under this chapter.
- No person shall install, connect or maintain, or cause to be installed, connected or maintained, any local or central station alarm without first having registered the alarm with the chief of police as provided in this chapter.
(Revised Ordinance (RO) 1979, Section 23A-5)
- All applications for the issuance of a permit required under this chapter shall be made in writing to the chief of police on a form provided therefor, and shall be accompanied by the current application and processing fee.
- The application, among other information which may from time to time be required or prescribed by the chief of police, shall contain the name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the name, address and telephone number of each of the premises and customers or persons to be served by the proposed installation or connection, the location of the device, alarm equipment or system, the name of the installer, the type of device, alarm equipment or system, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, and a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm.
- Upon application for a permit, the chief of police shall cause an investigation and records to be made, and, thereafter, provided the applicant has complied with all of the terms of this chapter and the rules and regulations made, promulgated and adopted pursuant thereto, shall issue the permit.
- Permit fees for present subscribers to the existing alarm system shall be waived.
(RO 1979, Section 23A-6)
(a) The subscriber shall be accountable for false alarms caused by equipment failure or malfunction of the alarm system installed by the subscriber's alarm installer or the subscriber's alarm maintenance company.
(b) A subscriber shall not be held accountable for false alarms caused by severe weather conditions, electrical malfunctions, malfunctions of the alarm console located at police headquarters, or malfunction of telephone lines used to transport the alarm signal over which the subscriber or the subscriber's alarm installer or maintenance company have no control.
(c) In the case of a false alarm by any type of device regulated in this chapter, including local and central station alarms, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the police department in a manner to be prescribed by rules and regulations made under this chapter. In addition, in the case of a false alarm, the chief of police shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of such false alarms on file. For such false alarms, the following penalties are prescribed:
For the first and second false alarm in any given calendar year a warning shall be issued. For the third false alarm and each additional false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine shall be paid to the township.
|4th summons and beyond||To be determined by the municipal court judge|
Where an alarm device is connected to the police panel alarm system and the investigation of the police department discloses continued abuse of the privilege of such connection and a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the township council reserves the right to require disconnection from the police panel alarm system for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee an opportunity to show cause before the chief of police why such action should not be taken.
(d) The permittee shall take all necessary steps to immediately ascertain the cause of any false alarm and shall alleviate the problem within 72 hours or show cause before the chief of police why the malfunction cannot be remedied within that time period. The chief shall have the discretion to grant an additional period of time within which to make the repair.
(RO 1979, Section 23A-13; Ordinance Number 22-02, Section 1, 5-2-2002)