Borough of Park Ridge, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 6-11-1979 by Ord. No. 79-7. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 14.
Police Department — See Ch. 26.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 60.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for the various types of alarm systems and proprietary systems which, either audibly or by direct line, radio, telephone or other means, alert the Police Department of the Borough of Park Ridge and elicit a response therefrom. The objective of this chapter is to decrease the number of false alarms which are detrimental to the citizens of Park Ridge and which imperil members of the Police Department of the Borough of Park Ridge.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm system or proprietary system designed to summon the Police Department, Fire Department or any other municipal agency to any location in response to the alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SIGNAL
The transmission of a signal or message as the result of the activation of an alarm system.
ALARM SYSTEM
Any mechanical or electrical device, including telephone alarm devices, designed or used for the detection of an unauthorized entry or fire in a building, structure, facility or enclosed area, which transmits a signal or message, when activated, to police headquarters.
ALARM USER
Any person on whose premises an alarm system is maintained within the Borough.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system, or of his employees or agents, but does not include alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other violent conditions or by interruptions of electrical power on a community-wide basis.
PERSON
Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, business, club or organization.
PROPRIETARY SYSTEM
An alarm used to alert or signal persons in and on the premises in which the alarm is located of an attempted, unauthorized intrusion and not transmitting such signal to police headquarters.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
TELEPHONE ALARM DEVICE
Any device which, when activated, automatically transmits by telephone line a recorded alarm message or electronic, mechanical alarm signal to any telephone instrument installed at police headquarters or the communications system of the Borough.
A. 
Every alarm user shall register any alarm system or proprietary system covered by these regulations with the Chief of Police within 90 days from the final passage of this chapter. The application for registration shall contain, at least, the location of the device, the name and address of the installer of the device, the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Chief of Police.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
B. 
No person may install or cause to be installed an alarm system or proprietary system without first registering said alarm system or proprietary system with the Police Department of the Borough of Park Ridge.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
C. 
The fee for the registration of an alarm system or proprietary system shall be $10. No fee shall be charged to amend, revise or supplement an application. Persons having alarms installed as of the effective date of this chapter shall not be charged a fee; however, an application must be made to ensure that all information is current and correct.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
D. 
Registration fees are payable to the Borough of Park Ridge and are separate and distinct from any fees which may be payable to alarm companies maintaining alarm user systems. Public agencies, supported by tax dollars, and religious organizations shall be required to meet all registration requirements but shall be exempt from the payment of registration fees, service fees and penalties provided herein; however, said agencies and organizations are expected to abide by the spirit of this chapter.
E. 
Restricted use of registration forms. The information contained in the registration form required by this section and other information received by the Chief of Police shall be regarded as confidential and shall be securely maintained and restricted to inspection only by the law enforcement officer or authorized personnel specifically assigned the responsibility of handling and processing alarm user registration forms in the course of official duties.
[Amended 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
A. 
Persons having alarm systems or proprietary systems shall be required to leave with the Chief of Police the name of a person or persons who can be reached in case of a malfunction of the equipment in order that the device can be temporarily disconnected. In lieu thereof, this requirement can be fulfilled by leaving a tagged key to the premises with the Chief of Police of the Borough of Park Ridge, provided that, in so doing, the owner thereby releases the Borough of Park Ridge and the Police Department from any claims of damage or loss in connection with said entry.
B. 
Persons having alarm systems or proprietary systems which are being tested or repaired shall notify the Police Department before tests or repairs commence and after completion of the same so as to avoid the possibility of activating a false alarm.
A. 
In the case of false alarms, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department in the fastest possible manner.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall cause investigations to be made of all false alarms and keep a record of said alarms on file. For such false alarms, the Mayor and Council prescribe the following: For the first and second false alarms in any given calendar year, there shall be a written warning issued; for the third false alarm in the same calendar year, a service fee of $25 shall be paid to the Borough of Park Ridge; for the fourth false alarm and for each successive false alarm, a service fee of $50 for each false alarm shall be charged. After four false alarms in any given calendar year, the Mayor and Council reserves the right to require that the alarm user appear before the governing body to explain why false alarms are occurring and to report what steps are being taken to reduce false alarms in the future.
A. 
The person shall assume sole responsibility for maintenance of all equipment on a twenty-four-hour-per-day basis. Service to malfunctioning equipment shall be provided within the eight-hour period next following notification by the Police Department.
B. 
No telephone alarm device shall be installed which does not deactivate within five minutes of its activation.
C. 
No external alarm device shall be installed which does not automatically deactivate within 10 minutes of its initial activation.
[Added 10-12-1982 by Ord. No. 82-21]
The Chief of Police may from time to time promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this chapter in order to provide for recordkeeping and efficient management of said system; provided, however, that said rules and regulations, or any revisions thereof, shall not take effect until first approved by resolution of the Borough Council.
Any person found guilty in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Park Ridge of violating any provision of this chapter for which a fee or charge is not otherwise fixed herein shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days, or both.