[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Coventry 4-25-2005 by Ord. No. 03-05-0243. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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.
- 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.
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.