[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Laconia 11-14-2005 by Ord. No. 08.2005.08. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention and emergency medical services — See Ch. 149.
Noise — See Ch. 167.
Editor's Note: This ordinance was adopted as Ch. 16, but was renumbered to fit into the organizational structure of the Code.
The purpose of this chapter is to reduce needless alarms to which the Laconia Police Department responds as a result of the activation of burglar, holdup, and panic alarms that automatically summon the Police Department either via a central alarm station, the Laconia Police Department or automatic dialers. It is adopted pursuant to RSA 47:17.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- An assembly of equipment and devices arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which the Police Department is expected to respond. In this chapter, the term "alarm system" shall include but not be limited to the terms "automatic holdup alarm systems," "burglar alarm systems," "holdup alarm systems," "manual holdup alarm systems," and "audible alarm systems." Alarm systems which monitor temperature, humidity or any other condition not directly related to the detection of an unauthorized intrusion into a premises or any attempted robbery or police emergency condition at a premises are specifically excluded from the provision of this chapter, as are alternative alarm systems designed to notify of medical emergencies.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of any alarm system to which the Police Department responds which is not caused by:
- A. A criminal act or other emergency.
- B. An act of nature, such as an earthquake, tornado or hurricane.
- C. Circumstances occurring off the protected property and not within the control of either the subscriber, his alarm business or his answering service.
- D. A person motivated solely by criminal, malicious or mischievous intent, who is not within the control of the subscriber.
- A person who buys and/or leases or otherwise obtains an alarm system and thereafter installs it or has it installed. The term "subscriber" shall also mean the property owner or a person who has control of premises in which an operable alarm system exists.
Effective January 1, 2006, the City of Laconia will charge the subscriber of an alarm system a fine of $50 for the third emergency police response to a false alarm, and $100 for each subsequent emergency police response to a false alarm per calendar year. There shall be no fine for the first two false alarm responses in any calendar year; however, a written notice of the first two false alarms shall be forwarded to the subscriber in the month following each of those false alarms.
The subscriber in receipt of a notice of false alarm or violation notice/fine may appeal the determination that an alarm was false within five days of the receipt of the notice by filing an appeals notice at the office of the Chief of Police. After review of the appeal, the Chief of Police, or his designee, will make a determination as to whether or not the circumstances surrounding the false alarm justify a finding that the alarm was false. If it is determined that a finding of a false alarm was not justified, and a fine had been imposed upon the subscriber, the Chief of Police may waive that fine. The subscriber will be notified in writing as to the results of the appeal.
All fines payable under this chapter will be made to the City Clerk and will be due and payable within 30 days of the day of notice or, if appealed, within 30 days of the date of decision on the appeal. Payments not received within this period will result in the automatic doubling of the fine.
The Police Department, in conjunction with the City Clerk's office, will enforce and administer this chapter.