Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside: Art. I, 12-2-1970 as Ord. No. 1970-15; Art. II, 9-28-1992 as Ord. No. 1992-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES

Fire and Police Alarm Evaluation Committee — See Ch. 30.

ARTICLE I
Regulated Systems (§ 104-1 — § 104-4) 

ARTICLE II
False Alarms (§ 104-5 — § 104-7) 

[Adopted 12-2-1970 as Ord. No. 1970-15]

§ 104-1
Systems to be connected. 

§ 104-2
Violations and penalties. 

§ 104-3
Yearly service test charge. 

§ 104-4
Processing of applications and payments. 

§ 104-1 Systems to be connected.

The 11 enumerated alarm stations and central receiving equipment

Editor's Note: Refers to Schedule A to this ordinance, which schedule is on file in the office of the Township Clerk.
shall be installed and any existing alarm systems presently installed at the Riverside Township Police Headquarters shall within 90 days from the effective date of this Article either enter into an agreement to have their existing alarm systems interfaced into the computer console at the cost of $200 per circuit or remove their existing equipment from the Riverside Township Police Headquarters.

§ 104-2 Violations and penalties.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

Any individual intentionally, willfully or maliciously destroying or injuring any of the posts, alarm boxes or other apparatus of said alarm system or intentionally, willfully or maliciously interfering with the same or any part thereof or who hinders or impedes any of the operations intended to be accomplished thereby or who intentionally causes or assists in causing a false alarm of fire or other emergency to be given in any manner or who shall be convicted of a violation of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Court Judge, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. All of the fines imposed and collected under and by virtue of this Article shall be paid into the treasury of the Township. The invalidity of any section or provision of this Article shall not invalidate any other section or provision thereof.

§ 104-3 Yearly service test charge.

The Fire Alarm Committee be and hereby is authorized to establish a yearly service test charge which shall be due and payable during the month of January in every calendar year. Initial applications shall have the service test charge prorated for full charge prior to July 1 of every year and half rate thereafter.

§ 104-4 Processing of applications and payments.

All applications shall be processed through the Secretary of the Fire Commission, and all moneys due and payable shall be processed through the Secretary of the Township Treasurer.

[Adopted 9-28-1992 as Ord. No. 1992-8]

§ 104-5
Definitions. 

§ 104-6
Prohibited acts. 

§ 104-7
Violations and penalties. 

§ 104-5 Definitions.

As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

BURGLAR ALARM
Any mechanism connected to any facility to which the Township emergency services respond, to indicate that a burglary is in process or that the facility is being unlawfully entered.
FALSE ALARM
A signal, message or warning transmitted to police or fire headquarters or central dispatching at Burlington County or other facility which is stimulated by causes other than those for which the system is specifically designed to respond.
FIRE ALARM
Any mechanism connected to any facility to which the Township fire emergency services respond, to indicate that fire is in progress or smoke, or other personal or property safety device has been activated, requiring emergency response.
PERSON
Any person or persons who own or operate a business or commercial venture in the Township of Riverside, and includes the plural as well as the singular.

§ 104-6 Prohibited acts.

[Amended 3-28-1994 by Ord. No. 1994-4]

It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, permit or allow any false burglar or fire alarms in the Township of Riverside. In the case of false burglar alarms, the Director of Public Safety shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of said alarm on file. In case of false fire alarms, the Fire Chief or his designee shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of said alarm on file and file the necessary complaint with the proper authority.

§ 104-7 Violations and penalties.

For the first five false alarms of any type in a calendar year, a warning shall be issued. In the event that there are additional false alarms in excess of five, the following penalties shall be imposed:

A. 

Six to 10 false alarms in a one-year period: a fine of $25 per alarm.

B. 

Ten to 20 false alarms in a one-year period: the fine of $50 per alarm.

C. 

Twenty and above false alarms in a one-year period: fine of $100 per alarm.