[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Suffern 1-27-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986. Amendments noted where applicable]
Noise — See Ch. 175.
There have been reported to the Board of Trustees by the Volunteer Fire Department and Police Department extraordinary numbers of false alarms emanating from automated devices. These false alarms unnecessarily require that our police and firemen respond in an emergency fashion to signals which should not have been created in the first place, depriving the citizens of this Village from the sorely needed services of our emergency forces and exposing the emergency volunteers to unnecessary hazards and risks. Therefore, it is the intent of this chapter to provide a mechanism whereby those responsible for the creation of these false alarms are dealt with in an appropriate fashion. It is not the intent to discourage the use of automated equipment, but rather to encourage the use of automated equipment that fulfills its intended function.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- ALARM DEVICE
- A mechanical, electrical or electronic device which, when activated, will transmit a signal which is intended to create a response from either a fire department or police department or other emergency service, whether or not the signal generated is audible, visible or electronic and whether such signal is automatic or otherwise.
- ALARM USER
- Any person, firm, corporation or business entity upon whose premises an alarm device is installed or operating.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal transmitted to either the Fire or Police Department indicating that a fire or criminal act or emergency is occurring when, in fact, neither a criminal act nor fire nor emergency is occurring.
[Amended 6-5-2006 by L.L. No. 5-2006]
It shall be unlawful for any alarm user to permit or allow, whether intentionally or unintentionally or whether due to malefaction or otherwise, an alarm device to signal a false alarm. The Fire Inspector, the Code Enforcement Officer or the Police Department of the Village of Suffern is authorized to issue a warning or an appearance ticket upon the occurence of a false alarm.
Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter within one year after the issuance of a warning to such person or to any member of his household or to an agent shall be subject to the following penalties for all subsequent false alarms which occur more than 72 hours after the issuance of a warning: