Township of East Cocalico, PA
Lancaster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Cocalico 4-3-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-02; amended in its entirety 7-5-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-04. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Key safes — See Ch. 123.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm devices, dial alarm, or local alarm designed to summon the police, any fire company, or other municipal agencies, to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ADMINISTRATIVE FEE
A fee charged to the owner of the alarm system for each and every false alarm activation in excess of one in any one-year (three-hundred-sixty-five-day) period, with such period commencing on the date of the first false alarm or the anniversary date of the first false alarm, to which the Police or Fire Department respond. The Township Board of Supervisors shall have the power and shall be authorized to amend the administrative fees set forth in this chapter by resolution duly adopted.
ALARM CONSOLE
The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response or both.
ALARM DEVICE
Any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm console providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood, or other peril.
ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm device, dial alarm or local alarm or any combination of the same.
DIAL ALARM
That type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly to Lancaster County Control or other site.
ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
One or more persons, appointed from time to time by the Board of Supervisors of East Cocalico Township, to provide enforcement and administration of this ordinance.
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder and shall include alarms caused by malfunctions of the alarm system or other relevant equipment but shall not include alarms created by malfunction of the alarm console.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm or device which, when actuated, produces a signal not connecting to an alarm console, such as but not limited to a store or home burglar alarm actuating bell or horn devices. This definition does not include vehicle alarms.
PERSON
Includes a natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
Each person who is the owner or occupant of premises equipped with an alarm device shall maintain such alarm device in good condition and repair so as to avoid false alarms.
The police, fire, or other agency in charge of a response to an alarm device activation shall determine after investigation if the alarm is a false alarm. All false alarm responses shall be reported to the enforcement officer, with a copy of the incident report attached. The enforcement officer shall maintain a record of said false alarms on file. For such false alarms, the Board of Supervisors prescribes the following administrative fees designated, to partially offset the cost of the manpower and equipment response necessitated by false alarm. The administrative fees for false alarms shall be calculated for each one-year period, commencing on the date of the first false alarm or the anniversary date of the first false alarm.
A. 
First false alarm: no fee; notice of violation issued.
B. 
Second false alarm: $100.
C. 
Third false alarm: $200.
D. 
Fourth and each subsequent false alarm within the one-year period: $300.
Notice as required by this chapter shall be given by the enforcement officer, or his designee, to the person occupying the premises upon which the alarm system is located by mailing a copy of the notice, certified mail, return receipt required, to such person at the address where the alarm system is located. A notice may also be given by personal service of the notice by handing a copy of the same to the occupant of the premises upon which the alarm system is located or to an adult resident thereof or an employee located thereon. If service is made by personal service, the enforcement officer, or his designee, shall file proof of service which shall be under oath and which shall designate the person and title upon which service was made.
Payment of a response assessment fee may be waived by the enforcement officer upon written notification by the owner of the alarm system and verification by the enforcement officer that such false alarm was caused by an act of nature, as to an APD which has been installed or modified within 30 days prior to the false alarm or, the proprietor shows written verification that the alarm has been inspected, serviced and repaired post incident within 15 days of said incident, where the enforcement officer, or his designee, concludes that the false alarm resulted from good-faith user familiarization process or the process of adjustment of mechanical malfunction.
An administrative fee shall be due and payable 10 days following the receipt of the written notice of a false alarm, unless extended for cause by the enforcement officer.