[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cooperstown 4-20-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the Village of Cooperstown by reducing the number of avoidable alarms to the Police Department. Avoidable alarms contribute to ineffective utilization of public safety manpower and equipment. In addition, avoidable alarms require emergency responses, which may contribute to accidents or delay responses to genuine emergencies. This chapter seeks to ensure the Department will be available for actual emergencies and alleviate the nuisance of avoidable alarms in the Village.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- A device or assembly of equipment which emits an audible signal intended to alert persons outside a premises to the existence of a hazard or emergency, or which is intended to alert emergency agencies by automatically dialing an emergency agency, or which is connected to a private answering point for the purpose of reporting such alarms to emergency agencies, or which is directly connected to Otsego County Communications Center.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system indicating that an emergency situation exists requiring response, when, in fact, no such situation actually existed.
- POLICE ALARM DEVICE
- An alarm system designed or intended to be used for the purpose of announcing the existence of a robbery, intrusion or other threat to life or property which would require a law enforcement agency to respond and investigate the cause of the activation.
Limitations. No police alarm device shall be connected to or use any telephone line connected to Police Headquarters except those authorized by the Chief of Police. The owner of any such police alarm device which is connected either directly or indirectly to Police Headquarters by a telephone line which has not been authorized for use for such purpose shall be in violation of this chapter and be subject to the penalty provisions hereof.
Intentional false alarms. It shall be a violation of this chapter to intentionally cause a false alarm, and any person who does intentionally cause a false alarm shall be subject to the penalty provision hereof.
False alarms and charges. Any owner or lessee of property having a police alarm device or system of police alarm devices on his premises on the effective date of this chapter shall pay to the Village Clerk a charge for each false alarm to which the Police Department responds in each calendar year as set by the Board of Trustees. Alarms caused by power failures, electrical storms or telephone line trouble shall be excepted. Such charges shall be paid to the Village Clerk upon invoice by the Village. The above charges shall be waived by the Village Clerk if it is established by the owner or lessee, to the reasonable satisfaction of the Chief of Police, that the alarm to which the Police Department responded was not a false alarm, and the Chief so certifies to the Village Clerk. The failure to pay any such charges shall subject the owner, lessee or user to the penalty provisions of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation who does not pay any charge or fee established in connection with this chapter or who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $250 for each offense or imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed.