[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield by Ord. No. 5-84 (§ 4-7 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to alleviate conditions which lead to an unnecessary drain and use on the manpower, time, space, facilities and finances of the Township of Mansfield and of the police and fire departments.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person other than the Township who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device designed to summon the Police, Fire Department or other municipal agency to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm, actuating equipment which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, burglary, flood or like peril.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- The installment in one or more buildings of one or more alarm devices for the express purpose of giving visual or audible warning, or both, of an emergency such as burglary, intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or like perils.
- DIAL ALARM
- An alarm device that employs an automatic dialing system with an automatic cutoff, precoded to connect with a telephone system used by the Police and Fire Departments operating in the Township.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system by causes other than those to which the alarm system was designed or intended to respond.
All components of alarm systems, alarm devices and dial alarms shall be maintained by the owners or users thereof in good repair. When evidence exists that there has been a failure by such owners or users to properly maintain the alarm devices, the Police Chief is authorized to demand that such devices be disconnected from the telephone system used by the Police and Fire Departments until such time as appropriate repairs and/or modifications are made.
All dial alarms shall be registered with the Chief of Police.
No person shall maintain or operate any dial alarm except in conformance with this section.
No dial alarm shall be permitted unless:
It shall first have been approved by the Chief of Police after proof has been submitted that said dial alarm has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the performance of a test alarm conducted by the applicant.
It shall first have been registered with the Police Department as hereinafter required.
The applicant consents to the inspection of the premises where the alarm is located during working hours or other mutually agreeable times.
The applicant maintains at police headquarters the name, telephone number and address of a relative, neighbor or other third party who can be contacted by the Police Department in case of an alarm.
All dial alarms shall be coded to dial a special number of the Mansfield Township Police and/or Fire Departments when designated or provided by the Chief of Police.
All dial alarms shall be capable of being disconnected by the owner or his designee to permit a call to the Police Department in the event that a false alarm occurs.
The owner of each dial alarm system shall pay to the Township an annual fee of $25 to cover the cost of registration and other costs incurred by the Township.
The owner of dial alarms shall be governed by the false alarm procedures and penalties set forth in § 111-6.
If any person has a dial alarm in existence at the time of the passage of this chapter, he shall have 60 days in which to program the equipment to comply with the terms of this chapter.
No dial alarm shall dial a telephone number other than the number designated for dial alarms as specified by the Chief of Police.
The sensory mechanism of dial alarms shall be adjusted so as to suppress false indications and not to be actuated by impulses due to, among other things, pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of light, wind, noises, rattling or vibration of doors or windows or other forces unrelated to general alarms.
All components of dial alarms shall be maintained by the owner or his designee in good repair. When evidence exists that there has been failure to comply with the operation requirements of this section, the Chief of Police is then authorized to demand that such device be disconnected until such time as compliance with such requirements is reestablished, and any person violating the operation or registration requirements of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth herein.
False alarm investigations. In the case of false alarms which summon the Police or Fire Department to investigate, the Police Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file.
Penalties for unintentional false alarms. In any twelve-month period, the following penalties shall apply:
For the first and second false alarms, a warning shall be issued.
For the third, fourth and fifth false alarms, a fine of $50 shall be imposed for each such false alarm.
For the sixth and any subsequent false alarm, a fine of $75 shall be imposed for each said false alarm.
In the event of a sixth or subsequent false alarm, an investigation shall be conducted by the Police Department. Where the investigation of the Police Department discloses continued abusive or negligent operation or maintenance of an alarm device, and a disregard for the taking of remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Police Chief may require disconnection of the device for a limited or permanent period.
Penalties for intentional false alarms. Any individual who intentionally causes or assists in causing a false alarm or fire or other emergency to be given in any manner shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty, of this Code.