Fire and Police Alarm Evaluation Committee — See Ch. 30.
ARTICLE IRegulated Systems (§ 104-1 — § 104-4)
ARTICLE IIFalse Alarms (§ 104-5 — § 104-7)
§ 104-1Systems to be connected.
§ 104-2Violations and penalties.
§ 104-3Yearly service test charge.
§ 104-4Processing of applications and payments.
The 11 enumerated alarm stations and central receiving equipment
Any individual intentionally, willfully or maliciously destroying or injuring any of the posts, alarm boxes or other apparatus of said alarm system or intentionally, willfully or maliciously interfering with the same or any part thereof or who hinders or impedes any of the operations intended to be accomplished thereby or who intentionally causes or assists in causing a false alarm of fire or other emergency to be given in any manner or who shall be convicted of a violation of this Article shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Court Judge, be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. All of the fines imposed and collected under and by virtue of this Article shall be paid into the treasury of the Township. The invalidity of any section or provision of this Article shall not invalidate any other section or provision thereof.
The Fire Alarm Committee be and hereby is authorized to establish a yearly service test charge which shall be due and payable during the month of January in every calendar year. Initial applications shall have the service test charge prorated for full charge prior to July 1 of every year and half rate thereafter.
All applications shall be processed through the Secretary of the Fire Commission, and all moneys due and payable shall be processed through the Secretary of the Township Treasurer.
§ 104-6Prohibited acts.
§ 104-7Violations and penalties.
As used in this Article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BURGLAR ALARM
- Any mechanism connected to any facility to which the Township emergency services respond, to indicate that a burglary is in process or that the facility is being unlawfully entered.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal, message or warning transmitted to police or fire headquarters or central dispatching at Burlington County or other facility which is stimulated by causes other than those for which the system is specifically designed to respond.
- FIRE ALARM
- Any mechanism connected to any facility to which the Township fire emergency services respond, to indicate that fire is in progress or smoke, or other personal or property safety device has been activated, requiring emergency response.
- Any person or persons who own or operate a business or commercial venture in the Township of Riverside, and includes the plural as well as the singular.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, permit or allow any false burglar or fire alarms in the Township of Riverside. In the case of false burglar alarms, the Director of Public Safety shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of said alarm on file. In case of false fire alarms, the Fire Chief or his designee shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of said alarm on file and file the necessary complaint with the proper authority.
For the first five false alarms of any type in a calendar year, a warning shall be issued. In the event that there are additional false alarms in excess of five, the following penalties shall be imposed: