Town of Bethlehem, CT
Litchfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Bethlehem 3-14-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 54-1 Purpose.

It is the intent and purpose of this chapter to provide minimum standards and regulations applicable to users and installers of burglar, fire, holdup and automatic telephone dialer alarms within the Town of Bethlehem and to provide penalties for noncompliance.

§ 54-2 Definitions.

The following definitions apply to this chapter:
ALARM SYSTEM
An assembly of equipment and devices (or a single device, such as solid-state unit, which may operate from a one-hundred-ten-volt AC line) arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention to which police or fire departments or other emergency personnel are expected to respond. This includes all burglar alarms, fire alarms, holdup alarms and automatic telephone dialer alarms, except smoke detectors which do not signal outside an alarmed premises or alarm systems on motor vehicles.
ALARM USER
Any person, firm or corporation on whose premises any alarm system is maintained within the Town of Bethlehem.
AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING DEVICE
An alarm system which automatically sends over regular telephone lines, by direct connection or otherwise, a prerecorded voice message indicating the existence of the emergency situation that the alarm system is designed to detect.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or his employees or agents. This does not include alarms caused by stormy weather, earthquakes, power outages or other normally infrequent violent conditions or acts of God. Excluded from this section are false alarms that are transmitted with criminal, malicious or mischievous intent.

§ 54-3 Registration of new and existing systems.

Any person, firm or corporation installing an alarm system within the Town of Bethlehem shall register with the Bethlehem resident state trooper at least 10 days prior to the anticipated installation. All existing alarm systems shall be registered with the Bethlehem resident state trooper within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter.

§ 54-4 Existing automatic telephone dialing devices.

Alarm users having existing automatic telephone dialing devices shall comply with C.G.S. § 7-282b, as the same may be amended from time to time.

§ 54-5 Programming of devices.

Automatic telephone dialing devices shall be programmed to a central station and shall not terminate at either the Bethlehem resident state trooper's office or state police barracks. An automatic telephone dialing service shall not be programmed to dial 911.

§ 54-6 Devices limiting duration of audible alarm required.

All alarm systems, as defined in this chapter, which sound an audible signal which may be heard outside of the protected premises shall be equipped with a device which shall limit the duration of such signal to not more than 30 minutes.

§ 54-7 False alarms; exemptions.

[Amended 12-20-1999]
A maximum of three false alarms per calendar year shall be allowed from any alarm system or any person, firm or corporation. All new systems installed in accordance with this chapter shall be exempt from the penalty provisions for a period of one month from date of installation. Alarms originating from any building owned or operated by the Town of Bethlehem shall be exempt from the requirements of §§ 54-3 through 54-6. The resident state trooper and the Fire Marshal shall submit the names of owners of alarms having more than three false alarms in a calendar year to the First Selectman, who will then consider taking action in accordance with Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I, Citation Hearing Procedure.

§ 54-8 Penalties for offenses.

A. 
Any person, firm or corporation found to be in violation of § 54-5 shall be subject to a fine of $100.
B. 
Any person, firm or corporation found to be in violation of § 54-7 herein shall be subject to a fine of $50 for each violation.
C. 
Any person, firm or corporation found to be in violation of any other provision herein shall be subject to a fine of $25.
D. 
Any person, firm or corporation who fails to pay any fine assessed in accordance with this section within 30 days after its assessment shall be subject to an additional fine of $100. For the purposes of this Subsection D, each delinquent fine shall be a separate offense.
E. 
Said fines shall be paid in person or by mail to the Town of Bethlehem.