[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park 8-11-1981 by Ord. No. 10-81 (Ch. 68 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire protection — See Ch. 188.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- The combination of sensory apparatus and related hardware which, when activated by the appropriate stimulus, produces a signal making known the existence of an emergency situation and requiring immediate investigation and response by law enforcement agencies.
- BUILDING OWNER
- An individual, corporation, partnership or association owning a structure within the Village of Ridgefield Park used for residential, business, industrial, storage or charitable purposes or any related purpose.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of such alarm system or his family, employees or agents. "False alarm" shall not include alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other acts of God.
- POLICE CHIEF
- The Ridgefield Park Chief of Police.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Ridgefield Park Police Department.
- Any individual, corporation, partnership or association renting a structure within the Village of Ridgefield Park used for residential, business, industrial, storage or charitable purposes or any related purpose.
After a maximum of two false alarms in any one thirty-day period, the owner or lessee of any alarm system shall be assessed a fee of $25 upon the occurrence of the third false alarm during such thirty-day period. Such fee shall be paid to the Village, provided that the Police Department or Police Chief has given written notification that a false alarm had occurred to the owner or lessee of such device within 30 days of each of the previous two instances where a false alarm had occurred.
The Police Chief or his representative shall cause a written notice to be mailed to the owner or lessee of the alarm system within 30 days of the third and each additional false alarm, setting forth the fee due and payable under this chapter.
Police officers responding to all false alarms shall file a written report indicating all pertinent information pertaining thereto and a finding as to whether such false alarm was caused by human carelessness, mechanical failure or by any other cause.
If a determination is made by the Police Department that the false alarm was caused by a malfunction or mechanical failure of the equipment as opposed to human carelessness or other cause, written notice of such determination shall be given to the owner or lessee of the alarm system within 30 days thereof, who shall cause the same to be repaired promptly thereafter.
In addition to the fee or fees payable under § 108-3, if three or more false alarms are caused by malfunction or mechanical failure of the alarm system, the Village of Ridgefield Park shall have the right to require the owner or lessee of such alarm system to disconnect the same until such time as it has been repaired, and the Village shall not be responsible during the period the same is disconnected for any losses incurred by the owner or lessee.
Any owner or lessee may present evidence that a false alarm was in fact not caused by human carelessness or negligence or mechanical failure or malfunction, and the Police Chief may act upon such evidence and determine that such was not in fact a false alarm but was caused by hurricane, tornado or other violent act of God.
All public buildings maintained by the governing body of the Village of Ridgefield Park are specifically exempted from the provisions contained in this chapter.