Borough of Chalfont, PA
Bucks County
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§ 13-301 Definitions.

[Ord. 254-A, 1/16/1990, § 1]
For the purpose of this Part, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any mechanical, electrical or electronic device which is designed or used for the detection of an unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility, or the alerting of others about the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure or facility, or for alerting others about the existence of any other condition requiring response of police, fire or ambulance personnel and which emits and/or transmits an audible and/or visual signal or message when actuated. Alarm systems include, but are not limited to, direct dial telephone devices, audible alarms and subscriber alarms.
AUDIBLE ALARM
A device that emits an audible signal from the premises that it is designed to protect.
DIRECT DIAL ALARM
A device that, when actuated, causes a recorded message to be transmitted, by way of telephone, to any emergency service including, but not limited to, fire companies, ambulance, rescue squad and/or police departments serving any Borough residence or business, stating that emergency response is necessary.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER
That primary phone number advertised to the public requesting emergency services.
FALSE ALARM
An alarm signal, necessitating response by the emergency agency where an emergency situation does not exist. An alarm that has been activated by an external source that is beyond the reasonable control of the subscriber shall not be considered false.
POLICE
Chalfont Borough Police Department.

§ 13-302 Responsibility.

[Ord. 254-A, 1/16/1990, § 2]
1. 
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, entities, firms, corporations or other groups that maintain alarm systems within the Borough to provide current information to the police department and emergency agency, if other than police, consisting of the names and telephone numbers of responsible persons who may be contacted in case of emergency or who are authorized to provide service to the alarm system, either must be available on a twenty-four-hour basis. This information is to be filed with the police when then alarm system is initially placed into service and must be updated immediately whenever changes are necessary or annually whichever is the lesser time.
2. 
Audible alarms must be silenced within 15 minutes after a designated responsible person is notified to do so by the police or the alarm system may be equipped with a timing device that will automatically silence the audible alarm within 15 minutes after it is actuated.
3. 
The direct dial alarms shall not be connected to the emergency agency emergency phone number. A secondary phone number may be provided by the responding agency for direct dial alarms only. Direct dial alarms must be equipped with a device that will prevent more than three repeated transmissions of an alarm for the same emergency.
4. 
Prior to installation of any alarm to any approved agency other than the Borough Police Department, the owner shall provide the Police Department with a letter signed by an authorized representative of the agency granting permission for such installation.
5. 
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, entities, firms, corporations installing such systems within the Borough to prevent the transmission of false alarms through a program of training and period inspection and maintenance of the system. The maximum permissible number of false alarms from one location shall be three false alarms in any one year period. False alarms in excess thereof shall be considered to be a violation of this Part.

§ 13-303 Exceptions.

[Ord. 254-A, 1/16/1990, § 3]
The provisions of this Part shall not apply to the general alerting alarms that may be used by fire companies, ambulance squads or civil defense agencies to summon response of their members. The provisions of this Part shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles.

§ 13-304 Penalties.

[Ord. 254-A, 1/16/1990, § 4; as amended by Ord. 326, 12/18/2001]
Any owner, lessee or user found guilty of violating this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of said payment of fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Failure to comply with any notice sent by the Borough within three days of receipt shall be deemed an offense. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.