[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale 6-15-1998 by Ord. No. 13-98. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Commercial Outside Security Code."
For purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases are herein defined as follows:
- The Chief of the Borough of Riverdale Police Department or his duly authorized agents.
- COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISE
- Any kind of business operation that is carried on in one or more structures whereby goods, services or entertainment of any kind or type are offered for sale, lease or hire to the general public.
- An enclosed or unenclosed pedestrian area more than 10 feet in width that is open to the public.
- The owner of the shopping center premises and the individual, firm, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or legal entity legally authorized by the owner of the shopping center premises under a management agreement to lease commercial space or manage the operations of the shopping center.
- OUTSIDE SECURITY AREA
- The combined area, as measured in square feet, of all parking areas, sidewalks, pedestrianways and all open space and malls associated with the shopping center.
- PARKING AREA
- All that area associated with the shopping center, whether unenclosed or enclosed on one or more levels, which is used for or intended for the off-street parking of motor vehicles, and including parking stalls, spaces between stalls, access aisles, fire lanes, driveways and roadways leading to and from the parking stalls, walkways, between or adjacent to parking stalls and loading zones adjacent to parking stalls or otherwise accessible to the public.
- PATROL SERVICE
- The action of continually riding around and through a designated area for the purpose of protecting persons and property in a motor vehicle marked and identified on its door as a security vehicle, with a flashing amber rotating light clearly visible to the general public, along with a cellular telephone to be used for contacting the Riverdale Police Department.
- RESPONSIBLE PERSON
- Every individual, firm, corporation, partnership, unincorporated association or legal entity owning or operating a commercial enterprise located in a shopping center subject to the provisions of this chapter.
- SHOPPING CENTER
- Any area consisting of one commercial enterprise having a parking area or consisting of a clustering or grouping of commercial enterprises with common ownership of a joint right to the use of a parking area.
The purpose of this chapter is to enhance the peace, safety and general welfare of persons who have come upon the premises of certain shopping centers to shop at or otherwise engage in or use the services or facilities of the commercial enterprises.
Each shopping center with a parking area of more than 75,000 square feet, whether in existence, under development or developed after the effective date of this chapter, shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
The following outside security service shall be provided at each commercial enterprise and/or shopping center consisting of any kind of business operation that is carried on in any one or more structures whereby goods, services or entertainment of any kind and/or type are offered for sale, lease and/or hire to the general public, subject to the provisions of this chapter: a motor vehicle patrol service operated by a guard or watchman.
A minimum of one motor vehicle patrol service shall be provided for a commercial enterprise and/or shopping center duly marked and identified on its doors as a security vehicle, with a flashing amber rotating light clearly visible to the general public, along with a cellular telephone to be used for contacting the Riverdale Police Department.
The installment of surveillance cameras connected to the Police Department.
Each commercial enterprise and/or shopping center shall notify the Chief of Police, on a form supplied by said Chief of Police, of the name, address and telephone number of the security service being provided herein.
The outside security services required by this chapter shall be from 10:00 a.m. to 1/2 hour after the last commercial enterprise closes, Monday through Sunday.
As a minimum, the outside security area of all shopping centers subject to the provisions of this chapter shall be adequately illuminated from dusk until 1/2 hour after the last commercial enterprise closes and/or as required by ordinance.
Unless otherwise agreed between the operator and the responsible persons, the operator shall provide the outside security services and illumination required by this chapter. Each responsible person shall reimburse the operator for the cost of such outside security services and illumination by paying his proportionate share of the cost of such outside security services and illumination being an amount which bears the same ratio to the total cost of such outside security services and illumination as the floor area of his commercial enterprise bears to the total leasable floor area of all commercial enterprises in the shopping center.
Unless otherwise agreed, the operator shall provide and pay for the capital improvements necessary to cause the shopping center lighting equipment to provide illumination sufficient to comply with the requirements set forth in this chapter.
The Chief of the Borough of Riverdale Police Department shall enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Borough's Construction Code Official shall provide the Chief with a report specifying the area in square feet of the parking area of commercial enterprises and/or shopping centers subject to the provisions of this chapter and all such similar information deemed necessary by the Chief for the proper enforcement of this chapter.
In the event that the requisite security services or illumination shall not be provided at a shopping center in accordance with the provisions of this chapter:
Each person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or less than $100 or imprisonment in jail for not less than 90 days, or both.
Each day upon which a violation of this chapter takes place shall constitute a separate offense.