[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 10-18-1982 as Ord. No. 24-82. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 46, Alarm Devices, adopted 5-15-1972 as Ord. No. 1028 and amended in its entirety 7-16-1979 by Ord. No. 24-79.
[Amended 4-4-1983 by Ord. No. 10-83]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar and other emergency alarm devices, whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means, activating a device at the police headquarters of the City of Hackensack and requiring response thereto by the Police Department or other municipal agencies.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns an alarm device as defined in this chapter. The terms of this chapter shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private source to other offices within or without the City of Hackensack so long as such activity is not connected to the alarm console; except, however, that any person having premises protected by an alarm device shall still be responsible for the registration thereof in accordance with § 47-5.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM CONSOLE
- The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response, or both, and located within the confines of the police headquarters of the City of Hackensack.
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm system activating equipment in the alarm console
providing warning of intrusion, flood or other peril.[Amended 4-4-1983 by Ord. No. 10-83]
- ALARM INSTALLATION
- Any alarm device or combination of devices installed for one or more buildings at a location other than the alarm console.
- DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE
- Limited to a member of the Police Department of the City of Hackensack.
- DIAL ALARM
- Any alarm device, which, when activated, automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station, reporting a prerecorded message requesting police assistance.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional or intentional but unwarranted act of someone other than an intruder and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment, but shall not include alarms created by malfunction of the alarm console.
- The person obtaining the license to maintain the alarm console as hereinafter set forth.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console such a burglar alarms activating bell or siren devices.
- Any person owning an alarm device or a local alarm within the scope of this chapter.
- Deemed to include any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or any other legal entity.
There is hereby established a police alarm console license which shall be granted only after advertisement for competitive sealed bids as required by the Local Public Contracts Law. Any such licensee shall have exclusive use and control of the alarm console, except for use by the City of Hackensack, and such licensee will be responsible, at no cost to the City of Hackensack, for the establishment, construction and installation of said console. The console equipment shall be of a design approved by the Chief of Police or his agent. The licensee shall be responsible for the care, maintenance and management thereafter of said console. Said licensee shall locate said console and relocate said console, if necessary, under the supervision of the Chief of Police or his agent at no cost to the City of Hackensack. For any such license granted hereunder, the licensee shall assume all liability and shall agree to indemnify and save harmless the City of Hackensack, its agents and the Hackensack Police Department for any acts in conjunction therewith.
Except as provided in § 47-6 of this chapter, any license issued hereunder shall be for the term of three years from the date of award of the license of the Mayor and Council of the City of Hackensack pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-15(5).
The licensee for the police alarm console shall be permitted to charge subscribers for installation and/or maintenance of the alarm console connection. The fee to be charged will be determined by applicable bidding procedures set forth in the Local Public Contracts Law. The licensee's fees to subscribers, as determined by the City Council under applicable bidding procedures, shall be fixed for the term of the license and shall be uniform to all subscribers. No fee, however, shall be charged to the City of Hackensack for any existing or future devices installed by the alarm console licensee.
Any person, firm or corporation which owns or operates an alarm device or a local alarm shall make application for the continuance thereof, in writing, to the Chief of Police on the form provided by the Police Department, which application shall contain at least the location of the device, the name of the installer of said device, the person responsible for maintenance of the device, the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Chief of Police.
Local alarms shall be registered, but no fee shall be charged therefor.
The registrant of an alarm device shall pay such fee as provided in § 47-4C to the licensee for the alarm control panel.
Any registration permitted hereunder shall be accepted upon the express condition that the registrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the City of Hackensack from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the activities of the registrant, its alarm contractor or the alarm console licensee of the City of Hackensack.
Dial alarms which dial a telephone number at police headquarters are prohibited. Dial alarms may be installed, provided that they dial a monitored number other than the Police Department.
The City of Hackensack shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee hereunder or to any alarm console licensee hereunder, the alarm console and allied equipment being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation of the system by ordinance duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack, and any individual permit issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the City Council upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, provided that 30 days' notice is given in writing to said permittee and an opportunity to show cause before the City Council why such action should not be taken.
A dial alarm is any alarm device which, when activated, automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station, reporting a prerecorded message requesting police assistance.
Dial alarms shall only be coded to dial a central station or monitor other than the Hackensack Police Department.
Any person who has a dial alarm device in existence at the time of the passage of this chapter which dials the general police number shall remove same immediately. Any person not complying shall be liable to pay a penalty to the City of Hackensack in the amount of $50.
Any person having a dial alarm device which dials the general police number, upon discovery thereof, shall receive notice from the Chief of Police requiring the owner to comply with the terms of this chapter, and if the owner fails to do so immediately, he shall then be liable to pay the City of Hackensack a penalty of $50 and shall remove the dial alarm device immediately.
All components of such equipment must be maintained by the owner in good repair, and when evidence exists that there has been failure to comply with the operational requirements of this chapter, the Chief of Police or his agent is then authorized to demand that such device be disconnected until such time as compliance with current requirements is reestablished.
Any licensee for the alarm console and any permittee utilizing said console shall provide for a repairman to be on call at all times, and such service shall be provided with one hour of notification by the Police Department of any malfunction of any equipment.
The Chief of Police shall have the right to disconnect any malfunctioning equipment from the alarm console until such time as the malfunction has been corrected.
[Amended 1-18-1994 by Ord. No. 7-94]
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department. In addition, in the case of false alarms, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said alarms on file. For such false alarms, the following penalties are prescribed:
For the first, second, third and fourth false alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued. For the fifth false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of $25 shall be paid to the City of Hackensack.
For the sixth or more false alarm, a fine of $50 shall be paid to the City of Hackensack.
Where the investigation of the Police Department discloses continued abuse of the privilege of connection to the alarm console and a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Chief of Police reserves the right to require disconnection from the alarm console for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee an opportunity to show cause before the City Council why such action should not be taken.
Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this chapter. Any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this chapter, and each and every day said equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation. Any permittee shall be deemed as having consented to inspection of the premises on which said alarm devices are installed at reasonable hours by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
All audible alarms shall be equipped with a time relay or battery to limit the sounding of an alarm to 12 minutes or less.
If an Article, section or subsection of this chapter is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such provisions shall be deemed severable.
Any person, firm or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court of the City of Hackensack of a violation of the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both.
The license for the alarm console may be terminated for the licensee's failure to perform timely installation and/or maintenance of alarm console equipment in accordance with the provisions set forth in this chapter. Excessive delay in repair or service or repeated periods of incorporation will be considered proof of the licensee's inability to perform the required standards and may be grounds for revocation of the license and for declaration of default of the performance bond.
No hookup will be allowed to the alarm console from any facility beyond the boundaries of the City of Hackensack without the express written consent of the Chief of Police of the City of Hackensack. Such hookups will be at his sole discretion, subject to appeal by the licensee to the City Council of the City of Hackensack.
The present panel is owned and maintained by Central Security of New Jersey, Inc., Teaneck, New Jersey. Arrangement must be made to ensure a changeover with no service interruption.
This chapter shall take effect upon final passage and after publication as required by law.