Township of Springfield, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield: Article I, 4-14-1970 as Ord. No. 841; Article II, 10-12-1976 as Ord. No. 959. Amendments noted where applicable.)
[Adopted 4-14-1970 as Ord. No. 841]

§ 4-1 Permit required.

No part of any private burglar alarm system shall be connected to facilities of the Township of Springfield Police Department or maintained in the Municipal Building of the Township of Springfield without a permit therefor issued by the Township Secretary.

§ 4-2 Application; permit fee.

[Amended 9-8-2015 by Ord. No. 1560]
Each application for a permit or renewal of a permit shall be made in writing upon forms provided by the Township Secretary, and each application shall be accompanied by payment of a permit fee as indicated in Chapter 40, Fee Schedule, of the Code of the Township of Springfield.

§ 4-3 Term of permit; renewal.

Each permit shall be valid for a period of one year from date of issuance and may be renewed annually upon application to the Township Secretary and payment of the permit fee.

§ 4-4 Standards established by Public Safety Committee.

The Public Safety Committee of the Board of Commissioners is hereby authorized to establish and, from time to time, revise standards and requirements for burglar alarms.

§ 4-5 Compliance with standards required.

No permit will be granted or renewed for a private burglar alarm system which does not comply with such standards and requirements as may be imposed by the Public Safety Committee.

§ 4-6 Existing installations.

All users of presently existing installations of private burglar alarm systems are hereby required to apply for a permit not later than December 31, 1970.

§ 4-7 Removal if permit not granted or renewed.

Any burglar alarm system for which a valid permit has not been granted or renewed as required by this ordinance shall be disconnected without further notice to the owner or installer. The cost of such removal may be collected in an action of assumpsit by the township against any person, firm or corporation in whose benefit the alarm was installed or in whose name an application for permit was made or permit granted.

§ 4-8 Repealer.

All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.
[Adopted 10-12-1976 as Ord. No. 959]

§ 4-9 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply to the interpretation and enforcement of this ordinance:
AUDIBLE ALARM
Any device, bell, horn or siren which is attached to the interior or exterior of a building and emits a warning signal outside the building and is designed to attract attention when activated by a criminal act or other emergency requiring policemen or firemen to respond.
AUTOMATIC PROTECTION DEVICE
An electrically or battery operated device composed of sensory apparatus and related hardware which automatically transmits any form of alarm or signal, including but not limited to a prerecorded voice alarm, from the premises to the Police or Fire Department via regular telephone lines, upon receipt of a stimulus from a sensory apparatus that has detected a physical force or condition inherently characteristic of intrusion or fire.
FALSE ALARMS
Any signal activated by an automatic protection device, any audible alarm or any other direct or indirect signal given to the Police or Fire Department to which police and firemen respond which is not the result of a burglary, fire, robbery or similar emergency.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Township of Springfield Police Department.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Township of Springfield Fire Department.
TOWNSHIP
The Township of Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

§ 4-10 Audible alarm restrictions.

After the enactment of this ordinance, owners or lessees must equip all audible alarms with a timing mechanism that will disengage the audible alarm after a maximum period of 15 minutes. Audible alarms without such a timing mechanism shall be unlawful in the township and must be disconnected by the owner or lessee within 60 days from the effective date of this ordinance.

§ 4-10.1 Registration of automatic protection devices.

[Added 11-9-1988 by Ord. No. 1193]
All owners or lessees of an automatic protection device, as defined in this ordinance and sometimes referred to as a "protective direct dialer," shall register the telephone line installation of said device with the Springfield Township Police Department within seven days of the completed installation. The registration shall be made in writing upon a form provided by the Police Department, and each application shall be accompanied by payment of a registration fee of $25. All existing devices are to be registered no later than January 31, 1989.

§ 4-10.2 Registration term of automatic protection devices.

[Added 11-9-1988 by Ord. No. 1193]
Each registration of an automatic protection device shall be and remain valid for the life of the specific device registered.

§ 4-10.3 Violations and penalties.

[Added 11-9-1988 by Ord. No. 1193]
Failure of any person to comply with the sections of this ordinance shall constitute an offense punishable under the provisions of Chapter 1, Article II, as amended.

§ 4-11 Retroactive clause.

The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to all alarm systems and warning devices irrespective of when such systems shall have been installed. It is the specific purpose of this section to give this ordinance retroactive effect.

§ 4-12 Testing of automatic protection devices.

No person shall conduct any test or demonstration of an automatic protection device without first obtaining permission of the Police and Fire Departments.

§ 4-13 False alarms.

Any person found guilty of permitting or causing a false alarm, misuse, false activation or negligent activation within the same calendar year shall be punished as follows:
A. 
First offense: written warning, no fine.
B. 
Second offense: fine of $20.
C. 
Third offense: fine of $75.
D. 
Fourth and subsequent offenses: fine of $100 for each offense.

§ 4-14 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 4-14, Violations and penalties, was repealed 4-21-1987 by Ord. No. 1156. See now Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II, General Penalty for current penalty provisions.

§ 4-15 Severability.  

Should any section or provision of this ordinance be declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any other part thereof.