[Ord. No. 02-34 §1, 11-12-2002]
The following words, terms and phrases when used in this Chapter shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- Any signal (audio or visual, recorded or live) transmitted to or intended to be heard or observed by the Police Department or Fire Department or any private person or entity, or the public at large indicating a predetermined or emergency condition. Such alarm may or may not be part of an overall alarm system.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device or series of devices, including, but not limited to, systems interconnected with radio frequency signals which are designed to discourage crime by emitting or transmitting a remote or audible, visual or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition. "Alarm system" includes any telephone alarm system which automatically transmits by telephone line a recorded electronic or mechanical signal to a telephone instrument at the Police Department or Fire Department and where such system is totally automated and requires no relaying or action by a human being.
- BURGLARY ALARM
- Any alarm or alarm system designed to indicate a condition of any unlawful entry, forced entry or attempted forced entry.
- DURESS ALARM
- Any alarm signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a crisis situation requiring a Police response.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm or an alarm system by any means which does not represent the designated condition or an illegal activity or an emergency condition.
- FIRE ALARM
- Any alarm or alarm system designated to indicate the presence of fire and/or smoke.
- ROBBERY ALARM
- Any alarm or alarm system designated to indicate a robbery (holdup) is in progress or has just occurred.
[Ord. No. 02-34 §1, 11-12-2002]
For each response by the Police Department/Fire Department to an alarm, the Department will cause a report to be filed, classifying the alarm as one of the following:
Upon the reception of a third (3rd) false alarm within any twelve (12) month period, the Police Department or Fire Department shall issue a written warning notice to the owner or lessee of the premises involved. The owner or lessee shall file a written report with the Police Department/Fire Department within five (5) working days indicating any and all measures taken to reduce false alarms.
Police or Fire Department responses to false alarms shall subject the owner or lessee of the premises involved to the following:
First (1st) response (none in last twelve (12) months): verbal warning.
Second (2nd) response (within twelve (12) months): verbal warning.
Third (3rd) response (within twelve (12) months): written warning.
Fourth (4th) or subsequent response (within twelve (12) months): Municipal Court citation for permitting more than three (3) false alarms within a twelve (12) month period.
No warnings or citations shall be issued in connection with any response to a valid alarm.
Anyone convicted under the provisions of this Section with having permitted at least four (4) Police/Fire responses to false alarms within any twelve (12) month period shall, in addition to being subjected to any fines or other punishment imposed in any Municipal Court proceeding, cause such alarm or alarm system to be disconnected and it shall be unlawful to reconnect or fail to disconnect, such alarm or alarm system until and unless corrective action has been taken and reconnection of the alarm or alarm system is authorized by the Police Chief or Fire Chief of the City. No disconnection or deactivation shall be ordered or made as to any premises required by law to have an alarm or alarm system in operation.
No person shall install or use an automatic dialing device which is programmed to dial the Republic Police or Fire Department's telephone number or the City's emergency number, "911".
Within ninety (90) days from the adoption of this Code, all automatic dialing devices programmed to dial department's telephone number shall be reprogrammed to dial any other consenting person who may relay the emergency message to the Republic Police or Fire Department by live voice. The alarm user of such device shall be responsible for having his/her alarm system reprogrammed within the ninety (90) day period.
The alarm business monitoring an alarm system shall attempt to verify every alarm signal, except duress or holdup alarm activation, as other than a false alarm before requesting a Police response to the alarm signal. This verification attempt shall include, at the minimum, a phone call to the business or a member of management for that purpose. The alarm business shall have an affirmative duty to advise the department of that attempt prior to requesting a Police response. It shall be the duty of the owner/manager or their representative to respond upon request of the Police when duress or holdup alarm activations occur.
The alarm business monitoring an alarm system shall communicate all verified cancellations of alarm dispatch requests to the Republic Emergency Communications Department.
If an alarm business, or owner or manager of an apartment complex, provides an alarm system or systems consisting of more than fifty (50) alarms for the dwelling units within that complex, the alarm business, or manager or owner of the complex, shall be responsible for on-site verification of an alarm as being other than false prior to requesting Police response. The duty for on-site verification shall not include duress or holdup alarm activations. The alarm business, or owner or manager of the apartment complex, shall have an affirmative duty to advise the department of that verification prior to requesting a Police response.
[Ord. No. 02-34 §1, 11-12-2002]
The owner or lessee of any alarm or alarm system shall provide response to the alarm location, when requested, in order to rest or disable the alarm or alarm system within one (1) hour of notification. The intentional failure to provide such response shall be unlawful, and shall, upon conviction, result in the imposition of any punishment authorized by this Code of Ordinances.
All alarms or alarm systems having an audible or visual signal at the premises shall be so equipped so as to automatically shut off the audible or visual signal after fifteen (15) minutes except those alarms or alarm systems required by law to have a longer operating period in which case the system shall be so equipped as to automatically shut off the audible or visual signal at the conclusion of the longer required operating time.
Each owner or lessee shall, at his/her expense, maintain all components of his/her alarm or alarm system in good working order at all times to ensure that the sensory mechanism used in connection with such device is adjusted to suppress false indications of holdups or intrusions or fire or smoke conditions so that the device will not be activated by impulses due to short flashes of light, wind, noises, vehicular noise or other forces unrelated to genuine alarms.
No alarm or alarm system designed to transmit emergency messages shall be tested or demonstrated without first notifying the Police Department and Fire Department.
Fire alarm systems shall be required to have a maintenance contract for testing and inspections in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards; for example, smoke and/or heat detectors, manual pull stations and water flow alarms (sprinkler systems). Copies of the maintenance contract and test results of the fire alarm system shall be forwarded to the Fire Chief within thirty (30) days from the date of the test.
Any person who violates or causes a violation of any provision of this Chapter shall be punished, upon conviction, in accordance with Section 100.220.
The City Attorney may bring an action in the name of the City to restrain or prevent a violation of any provision of this Chapter or continuance of any such violation.
[Ord. No. 02-34 §1, 11-12-2002]
No person shall install or operate an alarm or alarm system serving a premises or a building or portion thereof unless an alarm permit in the form of a decal has been issued under this Section and is in force authorizing the use of the alarm or the alarm system.
All persons who install or operate an alarm or alarm system without first obtaining an alarm permit as described in Subsection (A) hereof, shall not be issued an alarm permit until an administrative fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) has been paid to reimburse the City for the additional personnel and material expenses incurred in the process of inspection and issuance of such delinquent permits. Applications for alarm permits shall be made on forms provided by the City. The application shall be signed by the owner or lessee of the alarm or alarm system, and shall provide the following information:
Name, address and telephone number of the owner or lessee of the alarm or alarm system.
Name, address and telephone number of the owner or lessee of the premises or building to be served by the alarm or alarm system.
Name, address and telephone number of the person in charge of the premises or building served by the alarm or alarm system.
Name, address and telephone number of the person or entity installing the alarm or alarm system.
Name, address and telephone number of the person or entity monitoring the alarm or alarm system.
The name, address and telephone number of the person or entity providing maintenance and repair service to the alarm or alarm system.
An amended application shall be filed within ten (10) days after any change in the information contained in the original application. Upon the timely filing of an amended application, a new alarm permit shall be issued without the imposition of any fee or charge. An amended application which is not timely filed shall result in the payment of an administrative fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) to reimburse the City for additional personnel and material expenses incurred in the process and issuing of any amended permit.