[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Coopersburg 7-28-1987 by Ord. No. 418 (Ch. 13, Part 1 of the 1996 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Unless the context specifically and clearly indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms and phrases used in this chapter shall be as follows:
- ALARM REGISTRATION
- All documentation pertaining to an alarm system which identifies the owner or lessee of the system, the address of the property which is protected by the system, the identity of individuals authorized to respond to the alarm and to gain access to the property and deactivate the system, the identity of the firm or individual who installed the system and can provide emergency repair service and any other data required by the Borough of Coopersburg Police Department.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any siren, bell, horn or other device which is attached to a structure and when activated emits a warning signal audible outside of the structure and/or transmits an alarm or message to an emergency communication center or police station requiring police or firemen to respond.
- AUTOMATIC PROTECTION DEVICE
- Any electronically operated instrument composed of a sensory apparatus and related hardware which automatically transmits an alarm or other similar message upon receipt of a stimulus from sensory apparatus that has detected a physical force or other stimulus inherently characteristic of a fire or intrusion over a telephone line to an emergency communication center.
- The Borough of Coopersburg, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
- EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER
- A protection system or group of systems operated privately for customers or publicly by a person, firm, corporation or government entity which maintains, supervises or accepts recorded messages from automatic protection devices at a central station having operators who are required to take appropriate action upon receipt of a signal or message.
- FALSE ALARMS
- Any alarm or signal activated by an automatic protection device, or any warning signal audible outside of the structure to which it is attached, or any signal given from a residential sensory device to which police or firemen respond which is not the result of weather extremes, burglary, fire, robbery or similar emergency.
- Any company, corporation or individual which has engaged in installing fire, intrusion, or water alarms, where the alarm system is designed to require a response from an emergency service such as police or fire service.
- To use a telephone line and equipment for transmitting a message from an automatic protection device.
- RESIDENTIAL SENSORY DEVICE
- A device attached to the interior of a residential structure which is not tied to an emergency communication center nor intended to be audible on the exterior of the structure to which it is attached.
Within 60 days from the effective date of this chapter, every owner/lessee of an alarm system, other than a residential sensory device, shall register said alarm with the Police Department of the Borough of Coopersburg. Such registration shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
The name, residence and telephone number of the owner or lessee of the alarm system.
The address in the Borough where the alarm device is installed and the telephone number of that address.
The name, address and telephone number of at least two persons other than the owner or lessee of the alarm system who are authorized to respond to an alarm and gain access to the address where the device is installed.
The name, address and telephone number of the installer.
Within 90 days after enactment of this chapter, all owners or lessees must equip their alarm systems, other than residential sensory devices, with timing mechanisms that will disengage the alarm after a maximum period of 30 minutes. Alarms, other than residential sensory device systems, without such timing mechanisms shall be unlawful in the Borough of Coopersburg.
Within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter, all persons owning or operating existing or new automatic protection devices that transmit messages directly to an emergency communication center shall contact the Lehigh County Emergency Communication Center for the proper transmission procedure.
All information furnished pursuant to these sections shall be kept confidential and shall be only for the use of the Borough of Coopersburg, Borough of Coopersburg Police Department, and the Lehigh County Emergency Communication Center.
All alarm systems installed in the Borough of Coopersburg that are keyed to an assigned trunk line in the Lehigh County Emergency Communication Center shall meet the following requirements:
No more than two calls (for an event) shall be made to the Lehigh County Emergency Communication Center as a result of a signal activation of the automatic protection device.
The sensory mechanism used in conjunction with an automatic protection device must be adjusted to suppress false indications of fire or intrusion so that the device will not be activated by impulses due to fleeting pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of light, the rattling or vibrating of doors and windows, vibrations to the premises caused by the passing of vehicles, weather or any other similar force not related to emergencies requiring protection.
All components comprising an automatic protection device must be maintained by the owner or lessee in good repair to assure maximum reliability of operation.
Each owner or lessee shall be required to provide external visible and legible identification of the installer on the protected structure on or near the main entrance. (This identification shall include a twenty-four-hour emergency telephone number and where someone can be reached to deactivate the system.)
Each installer who sells or leases an automatic protection device in the Borough of Coopersburg after the effective date of this chapter shall furnish to the owner or lessee of the system the following: operating instructions, a circuit diagram, a maintenance manual, and written information as to how service may be obtained, including the telephone number of the installer or agent responsible for service.
Every installer of an automatic protection device in the Borough of Coopersburg shall make service available to the owner or lessee of the system, either directly or through an agent, within 24 hours of a request by such owner or lessee for repair or service. Such service shall be made available to such owner or lessee at his or her election and expense.
The owner or lessee of an automatic protection device shall be responsible for having any device rendering a false alarm disconnected or repaired within eight hours of the commencement of the first such false alarm.
When messages evidencing failure to comply with the operational requirements set forth in any section of this chapter are received by the Lehigh County Emergency Communication Center, the automatic protection device sending such messages shall be disconnected in order to relieve the particular emergency service from responding to false alarms. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to demand that the owner or lessee of the device, or his or her representative, disconnect the device until it is made to comply with the operational requirements hereof.
Responses to alarms given off by audible alarms and automatic protection devices involve the time of and danger to members of the Coopersburg Police Department, and false alarms are therefore to be discouraged. If more than three false alarms are given from any property in any given calendar year, a service fee, as established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council, shall be paid to the Borough of Coopersburg by the user, whether owner or lessee, of the audible alarm or automatic protection device from which the false alarm emanated for the fourth and each subsequent false alarm in that calendar year. The Chief of Police of the Coopersburg Police Department shall have the right to waive payment of the service fee for any false alarm which is caused by weather conditions, malfunctions in the operation of the electric system of Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, or which is the result of other unusual circumstances.
[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 509]
Any person who fails to pay within 30 days or violates any other provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 and costs and, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 509]
It is the intent of this chapter that at the end of every calendar year the record of offenses for any owner, lessee or user of an automatic protection device, alarm or residential sensory device shall go back to zero and the next offense in the new calendar year shall be considered a first offense regardless of the number of violations in the previous year.
The provisions of this section shall be waived for a period of 30 days from the date the Borough receives written notice of the initial installation of an alarm system or automatic protection device to permit the owner and installer to remedy any initial problems with the system.
[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 509]
The Council of the Borough of Coopersburg may establish by resolution, from time to time, reasonable registration fees for installations permitted hereunder.