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Village of Wesley Hills, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wesley Hills 7-14-1992 by L.L. No. 3-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Automated Alarm Systems Law of the Village of Wesley Hills."
The Police Department of the Town of Ramapo has reported to the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wesley Hills extraordinary numbers of false alarms emanating from automated alarm systems. These false alarms unnecessarily require that our Police and Volunteer Fire Departments respond in an emergency fashion to signals which should not have been created in the first place, depriving the citizens of this Village from the sorely needed services of our emergency forces, and expose the police and firemen to unnecessary hazards and risks. Therefore, it is the intent of this chapter to reduce the occurrence of false alarms and provide a procedure whereby those responsible for the creation of these false alarms shall be dealt with in an appropriate fashion. It is not the intent to discourage the use of automated equipment, but rather to encourage the use of automated equipment that fulfills the function it is intended to perform.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
ALARM DEVICE
A mechanical, electrical, or electronic device which, when activated, will transmit a signal which is intended to create a response from either a Fire Department or Police Department or other emergency service, whether or not the signal generated be audible, visible or electronic, and whether such signal be automatic or otherwise.
ALARM INSTALLER
Any person, firm, corporation or business entity which has installed and/or receives compensation for service or maintenance of a burglar or fire alarm device from a resident upon whose property the device has been installed.
ALARM USER
Any person, firm, corporation or business entity upon whose premises an alarm device is installed or operating.
CODE INSPECTOR
The Code Inspector of the Village of Wesley Hills.
FALSE ALARM
A signal transmitted to either a Fire or Police Department or a central alarm station, or an outside audible signal, indicating that a fire or criminal act or emergency is occurring, when in fact neither a criminal act nor fire nor emergency is occurring.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department of the Town of Ramapo.
PREMISES
Any building, dwelling, or residence on which an alarm device has been installed.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any alarm installer to install an alarm device or system of alarm devices, or for an alarm user to own, have or maintain the same on a premises, without registering the same with the Police Department within 10 days after the installation of said alarm devices. Said registration shall provide the following information:
(1) 
Name, home address and telephone number of the owner(s);
(2) 
Business address and telephone numbers of the owner(s);
(3) 
Name, address and telephone number of any person living within the Town of Ramapo who shall be deemed to be a caretaker, handyman or person watching the premises for the owner, if there be any such person;
(4) 
Name, address and telephone number of the company which owns, leases, rents, installs and/or maintains the automatic fire alarm systems.
B. 
Each person submitting registration information shall received an alarm device system registration permit which must be prominently displayed on the premises where the alarm device system is located.
C. 
All existing alarm users must register their alarm device or system of alarm devices within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter.
Any alarm installer who contracts to install an alarm device or system of alarm devices must be licensed to perform home improvement work pursuant to a license issued by the Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection.
It shall be unlawful for any alarm user or alarm installer to permit or allow an alarm device to signal a false alarm, whether intentionally or unintentionally, or whether due to malfunction or otherwise.
If an alarm device activates an outside audible signal, such outside audible signal cannot be broadcast for more than 15 minutes after initial activation.
A. 
Any violation of § 72-4 or 72-5 of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250.
B. 
Any violation of § 72-6 or 72-7 of this chapter shall be punishable by the following penalties:
(1) 
For a first conviction: a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $50.
(2) 
For a second or subsequent conviction within a twelve-month-period: a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $100 for each such conviction.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Code Inspector and the Police Department, each of which shall have the power, right and authority to issue an appearance ticket, as the same is defined in Article 150 of the Criminal Procedure Law of the State of New York, for the violation of any provision of this chapter.