[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Sands Point 2-17-1976 by L.L. No. 1-1976; amended in its entirety 2-25-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees and deposits — See Ch. 82.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Incorporated Village of Sands Point.
This chapter shall be known as the "Alarm System Regulations."
No homeowner, resident, tenant or occupant (hereinafter all referred to as "resident") of any building or within any building, residence, home accessory building, school, church, synagogue or other structure (hereinafter referred to as "premises") shall connect or maintain any alarm system, calling device, signaling device or other mechanical apparatus which directly or indirectly is intended to signal or alert the Village of Sands Point police station or telephone line and/or telecommunication line without first obtaining an alarm permit and satisfying Village standards for alarm systems, which standards are available at the Village office. A permit is also required for audible alarms that are not connected directly or indirectly to signal or alert the police station. Any change in ownership of property shall require the submission of an application to operate an alarm system and the issuance of an alarm permit.
[Amended 9-28-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
Upon submission of the application to operate an alarm system in conformity with the standards imposed herein and upon payment of the permit fee as described in Chapter 82, Fees and Deposits, the Village Clerk shall issue a permit for each alarm. Any permit issued pursuant to this chapter shall be nontransferable, and the permit fee shall be nonrefundable.
[Amended 9-28-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
An annual permit service fee in the amount as provided in Chapter 82 hereof shall be due and payable as of January 1 of each calendar year for each alarm. In the event any such service permit fee is not paid on or before April 15 of each such year, said fee, plus an administrative charge of $50, shall be levied against the real property as a lien having the same priority as a Village tax and being deemed as part of the annual Village tax for all purposes.
Alarm systems in use at the effective date of these regulations shall be required to comply with these regulations within 60 days of the effective date of this regulation. Failure to comply may result in the existing system being removed from service without further notice to the resident.
[Amended 9-28-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2010]
For purposes of these regulations, a "false alarm" shall be one which needlessly or erroneously signals or alerts the Village police station or other Village employee(s) and is not canceled by the resident before a Village policeman or employee arrives at the residence. The holder of a Village alarm permit shall be solely and wholly responsible for any and all false alarms to police or employees of the Incorporated Village of Sands Point. False alarms may result in revocation of the permit to operate the system by the Village of Sands Point and the system being removed from service if deemed appropriate by the Village.
Charges for false alarms.
Charges for false alarms shall be as provided in Chapter 82, Fees and Deposits. Such charges shall be paid to the Village Treasurer.
If the homeowner fails to pay any such charges, such homeowner shall, in addition to all other available remedies, be subject to the penalties in § 40-9, entitled "Penalties for offenses."
In the event any outstanding false alarm charges are not paid on or before April 15 of the next succeeding calendar year, such charges, plus an administrative charge of $25, shall be levied against the real property as a lien having the same priority as a Village tax and being deemed a part of the annual Village tax roll for all purposes.
Upon the fourth false alarm during any twelve-month period, the Village shall notify the homeowner in writing by certified mail. Thereafter, the Village, in its discretion, reserves the right to revoke the existing permit or refuse to renew it after a hearing before the Board of Trustees upon notice to the permit holder. Notice of revocation or refusal to renew shall also be by certified mail sent at least 30 days before such revocation and/or end of permit period. In cases of revocation, the Village shall have the right to remove the alarm system from service. Costs of removing an alarm system from service shall be the responsibility of the resident.
The Village recognizes that widespread false alarms may occur from forces beyond the control of residents, such as rain or lightning, in which such events resulting false alarms may be excused by the Board of Trustees and shall not be counted as a false alarm.
In the event of a malfunction in the system or connection directly or indirectly to police headquarters, the owner of the system will be notified in writing that he has three business days from receipt of said notice in which to correct the malfunction and restore the system to proper operating condition. If at the end of three business days the malfunction has not been corrected, the alarm may be removed from service at police headquarters and may be ordered out of service at the residence. Upon reapplication to the Village of Sands Point by the owner or lessee of the system in the form of a written certification by an approved alarm business that the malfunction has been corrected, the system will be reconnected to the monitor console. Costs of removal and reconnection shall be the responsibility and at the expense of the resident.
The Village shall have no responsibility for equipment costs, installation charges or damages resulting from the failure of the alarm system to operate or failure of the Village to respond to an alarm, or for losses incurred as a result of equipment or systems no longer useful for reasons of Village permit revocation or refusal by the Village to renew permits or changes in standards rendering system(s) useless.
Any resident failing to obtain or maintain the required permit or otherwise violating any provision of this chapter shall, in addition to all other available remedies, be subject to a fine not exceeding $100 for the first offense and not exceeding $200 for each and every offense thereafter.
This section applies to all alarm systems and equipment either existing or installed after the effective date of these regulations.
Every system with an alarm bell or signal audible from outside the house, whether such system is connected directly or indirectly to police headquarters or operates independently, must be equipped with a device which automatically shuts off the outside alarm bell or signal within 15 minutes from its having been activated.
All police alarm equipment sold or leased in the Village of Sands Point must meet reasonable safety standards such as those acceptable to Underwriters' Laboratories or equivalent.
Every system must be equipped with a time delay of at least 20 seconds before signal connection to Police Department is activated.
Every system connected directly or indirectly to the Village Police Department must be equipped with a visible or audible indicator that the alarm system is in operation. This indicator must be installed in an obvious location at the principal entrance/exit for the residence. It may be located on either the inside or the outside of the residence.
Every system connected directly or indirectly to the Village Police Department which also signals a fire alarm shall be equipped with separate distinguishing signal for each kind of alarm.
After the effective date of this chapter, police alarm equipment may be sold, leased, installed, serviced or maintained only by alarm companies or agents on a list of those approved, available through the Village of Sands Point.
Alarm business(es) operating within the Village must maintain a place of business that is reasonably accessible to the Village of Sands Point for the inspection of records.
Alarm business(es) operating within the Village must maintain and keep available for inspection adequate records of all sales, installations, modifications, maintenance and service agreements of police alarm devices performed by said business in the Village of Sands Point. These records must include the names and addresses of alarm agents who sold, installed, modified, maintained or serviced each individual system and the date said agent(s) was present at the premises.
All alarm businesses, in addition to the application, must provide proof of insurance saving the Village of Sands Point harmless against any claim arising out of the sale, installation, service, maintenance or operation of a police alarm device in the Village of Sands Point.
Alarm businesses must have twenty-four-hour-a-day service.
Agents and employees of alarm businesses shall not have any record of criminal offense against people or property.