Town of Coventry, RI
Kent County
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 4-25-2005 by Ord. No. 03-05-0243. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 169.

§ 87-1 Purpose.

A. 
The primary purpose of this chapter is to reduce and/or eliminate the incidents of false burglar alarms in the Town. While alarm systems provide a vital service to residents and businesses, false alarms pose a safety hazard. They divert municipal services from useful duties, creating a waste of manpower and services.
B. 
The further purpose of this chapter is to encourage alarm users and alarm businesses (sales, installations, customer service and/or monitoring) to properly maintain and operate alarm systems by limiting unnecessary responses to false alarms.
C. 
This chapter promotes the health, safety and welfare of both the residents and visitors of the Town by decreasing the number of false alarms, thus increasing the time available for police personnel to respond to justified police calls.

§ 87-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
An activation of a fire, burglar, holdup or security system or combination of burglar/fire system that is caused by some accidental, malicious or intentional act on the part of the system owner, employee, workman or person other than an intruder, some internal fault of the system or in its communication device or by carelessness or mistakes.

§ 87-3 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

No more than three false alarms from any one protected property per calendar year shall be permitted.
A. 
Written order and fines.
(1) 
After the second false alarm in any calendar year, the Police Chief shall send a written order to the subscriber instructing the subscriber to:
(a) 
Have the alarm system inspected by an alarm business.
(b) 
Review alarm procedures with all employees (if the premises is a business) or members of the household (if the premises is a residence).
(2) 
Within five days after this order is sent, the subscriber shall forward to the Police Chief proof that the alarm system has been inspected and is in good working order.
B. 
A subscriber shall be fined $75 for the fourth false burglar alarm, and each false alarm thereafter, in any one calendar year.

§ 87-4 Grace period for new installations.

The provisions of this article shall not apply to any new installation or modification of alarm systems for the first 30 days following completion of the installation or system modification. Users installing a new system or making substantial modifications to an existing system shall be entitled to a grace period during which false alarms generated by such system shall be deemed non-false alarms. The grace period shall cease 30 days after installation or modification of an alarm system.

§ 87-5 Compilation of record.

The Police Chief shall compile a continuous record of all false alarms and of all written notices and orders given to subscribers and alarm businesses. Such record shall indicate the number and frequency of false alarms and shall separately state the number of false alarms received from residences and from businesses. Said record shall not contain the names of persons or entities from whom false alarms are received or to whom notices and/or orders are issued.

§ 87-6 Town liability.

The Town shall not be liable for any defects in operation of any signal line system; for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt of an alarm from such a source; or for any failure or neglect of any person in connection with the installation, operation, disconnection or removal of equipment, the transmission of alarm signals or the relaying of such signals or messages.