[CC 1976 §240.010; Ord. No. 1691 §1, 4-14-1987]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical or electrical device which is designed to be activated manually or automatically upon the detection of an unauthorized entry, intrusion or other emergency in or on any building, structure, facility or premises through the emission of a sound or transmission of a signal or message.
- ALARM USER
- A person who uses an alarm system to protect any building, structure, facility or premises.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING SERVICE
- An alarm system that automatically dials a specific telephone number and transmits an emergency message by a recording over regular telephone lines when activated.
- DIRECT SIGNAL ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm system which provides for a special telephone line that is directly connected to the Police Department and has an outlet to the Police Department which emits a sound or transmits a signal or both when activated.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any activation of an alarm system intentionally or by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act to which the City of Shrewsbury Police or Fire Department responds, including activation caused by the malfunction of the alarm system, except that the following shall not be considered false alarms:
- 1. When it has been determined that an alarm has been caused by the malfunction of the indicator at the dispatching origin.
- 2. When it has been determined that an alarm has been caused by damage, testing or repair of telephone equipment or lines by the telephone company, provided that such incidents are promptly reported to the telephone company.
- 3. When an alarm is caused by an attempted and unauthorized or illegal entry of which there is visible evidence.
- 4. When an alarm is followed by a call to the Police or Fire Department canceling the alarm by giving proper information prior to the arrival at the source of the alarm.
- 5. When it has been determined that an alarm has been caused by a malfunction of electrical power beyond the control of the alarm user.
[CC 1976 §240.020; Ord. No. 1691 §2, 4-14-1987]
All false alarms to which the Police or Fire Department responds shall result in the following charge to the alarm user:
A warning for the first (1st) false alarm in any calendar year.
A twenty-five ($25.00) service charge for the second (2nd) false alarm in any calendar year.
A fifty dollar ($50.00) service charge for the third (3rd) false alarm in any calendar year.
A one hundred dollar ($100.00) service charge for the fourth (4th) or any subsequent false alarm in any calendar year.
Upon determination by the Police or Fire Department that a false alarm has occurred, the Department shall send a notice to the alarm user notifying the alarm user of the determination and directing payment within ten (10) days of any service charge that may be due.
The Departments shall cancel any notice or service charge upon satisfactory proof by the alarm user that a particular alarm falls within the exceptions enumerated in Section 240.010 hereof.
Refusal to pay any such service charge within ten (10) days of such notice shall constitute a violation of this Chapter.
[CC 1976 §240.030; Ord. No. 1691 §3, 4-14-1987]
No person shall install or use an automatic dialing device which is programmed to dial the Police Department's telephone number. Within ninety (90) days from April 14, 1987, all automatic dialing devices shall be programmed to dial any consenting person who may relay the emergency message to the Police Department by live voice. The alarm user of such device shall be responsible for having his/her alarm system re-programmed within the ninety (90) day time period.
[CC 1976 §240.040; Ord. No. 1691 §4, 4-14-1987]
No person shall install or use an audible alarm which is equipped with an exterior sound-producing device such as a gong, buzzer, siren, bell or horn unless the same shall be equipped with a fifteen (15) minute timer. Within ninety (90) days from April 14, 1987, any alarm user having an audible alarm shall be responsible for equipping it with a fifteen (15) minute timer.
[CC 1976 §240.050; Ord. No. 1691 §5, 4-14-1987]
Any person who installs, maintains, sells, leases, services, repairs, alters, replaces or moves any alarm system or causes the same to be sold, leased, maintained, serviced, repaired, altered, replaced, moved or installed in or on any building, structure, facility or premises shall be properly licensed under ordinances of St. Louis County as the same pertains to the licensing and regulation for the installation of and use of alarm systems.
[CC 1976 §240.060; Ord. No. 1691 §6, 4-14-1987]
Any alarm user shall register such alarm system with the City within one (1) week after installation. No charge for any false alarm shall be made during the first two (2) weeks after the registration of said alarm.
[CC 1976 §240.070; Ord. No. 1691 §7, 4-14-1987]
Any person who violates or causes a violation of any provision of this Chapter shall be punishable upon conviction by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each day such violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.