[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Somers Point 4-14-1983 by Ord. No. 4-1983 (Ch. 3A of 1967 compilation). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 188.
This chapter shall be known as the "Somers Point Police and Fire Alarm Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FALSE ALARM
- Any burglary, fire or other alarm causing direct notification to the City of Somers Point Police Department through its master alarm panel, caused by misuse, accidental activation, inadvertence, negligence, lack of proper maintenance or any unintentional act of someone other than an intruder or by malfunctions of the alarm device or other relevant and related equipment, to which police and/or firemen respond which is not the result of a fire or burglary or attempted burglary.
All fire, police or other alarms in the City of Somers Point shall comply with this chapter.
Installation of automatic protection devices. No automatic protection devices installed after the effective date of this chapter shall be keyed to a primary or secondary phone line of the Somers Point Police Department.
Automatic protection devices utilizing voice recordings. Automatic protection devices that utilize voice recordings are prohibited from being keyed to any primary, secondary, direct, leased or designated trunk lines at the City of Somers Point Police Department.
The time for transmitting each digital electric or electronic message shall not exceed five seconds.
Within 120 days from the effective date of this chapter, existing automatic protection devices in the city shall be disconnected from primary and secondary phone lines at the expense of the owner or lessee.
Automatic protection devices that use the services of intermediaries (live-voice central dispatch) are prohibited from using any primary or secondary phone lines at the Somers Point Police Department.
The purpose of this section is to have all alarms of whatever nature connected to the master alarm panel situated at the Police Department. All persons who desire alarm service from the Somers Point Police Department must make proper application and receive a permit to be connected to the master alarm panel.
All owners or lessees must equip audible alarms with a timing mechanism that will disengage the audible alarm after a maximum period of 15 minutes. Audible alarms without such timing mechanism shall be unlawful in the City of Somers Point and must be disconnected by the owner or lessee within 120 days from the effective date of this chapter.
The Police Department and/or Fire Department shall investigate all alarms and shall maintain a log as to each owner or lessee and record therein the date and time of the alarm, nature thereof and department responding.
Any person, corporation, partnership or other entity who owns or controls a fire, burglary or other similar alarm or device, in the City of Somers Point, which causes six false alarms in any calendar year shall be deemed in violation of the provisions of this chapter for each false alarm thereafter.
No person shall conduct any test or demonstration of any alarm without having first obtained approval from the Somers Point Police Department.
Owners and lessees of existing and future installations of audible alarms shall provide, on a form prescribed by the Chief of Police, a list of two names of persons to be contacted in the event of activation of said alarm. The owner or lessee shall keep the list updated and notify the Chief of Police or his designee within three days of any change.
False alarms. Any person, corporation, partnership or entity violating § 71-10, Limit on false alarms, of this chapter for a first offense (seventh false alarm in one calendar year) shall pay a fine of $50; for a second offense (eighth false alarm in one calendar year) shall pay a fine of $100; for a third and subsequent offense (ninth false alarm and beyond) shall pay a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $500. Penalties for first and second violations may be paid through the Violations Bureau.
[Amended 12-11-2008 by Ord. No. 28-2008]
All others. Any person, corporation, partnership or entity violating any other provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or to a period of community service not to exceed 90 days, or any combination of the foregoing.
[Amended 3-14-1991 by Ord. No. 6-1991]
Continuing offense. Upon conviction, a violator shall have seven days to either remove the alarm or bring it into compliance with this chapter. Failure to do so shall constitute a new and subsequent offense.
Jurisdiction. The Municipal Court of the City of Somers Point shall have jurisdiction over this chapter.