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[R.O. 2011 §8.04.010; Prior Code §23-58 (part); Ord. No. 5993 §1, 1-9-1995]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein:
ALARM SUBSCRIBER
Any person who leases, contracts for, buys or otherwise obtains and operates an alarm system for the purpose of obtaining response to the alarm from the University City Police or Fire Department, and on whose premises an alarm system is maintained, excluding audible alarms on motor vehicles.
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
Any person who uses an alarm system.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system to which the University City Police or Fire Department is summoned to respond when no burglary, robbery or other emergency exists.
[R.O. 2011 §8.04.020; Prior Code §23-58 (part); Ord. No. 5993 §1, 1-9-1995]
A. 
It shall be the responsibility of the alarm user/subscriber to:
1. 
Maintain and use the premises containing an alarm system in a manner that ensures proper operation of the alarm system;
2. 
Maintain the alarm system in a manner that ensures proper operation of the alarm system;
3. 
Not activate an alarm system for any reason other than the occurrence of a burglary, robbery or other emergency;
4. 
Instruct all persons who are authorized to place the system or device into operation of the appropriate method of operation.
[R.O. 2011 §8.04.030; Prior Code §23-58 (part); Ord. No. 5993 §1, 1-9-1995]
All bells, sirens or other noise sources that sound in the event of an alarm must stop automatically within fifteen (15) minutes after the alarm has been activated.
[R.O. 2011 §8.04.040; Prior Code §23-58 (part); Ord. No. 5993 §1, 1-9-1995]
A. 
A false alarm is a violation of this Chapter.
B. 
False alarms include those caused by:
1. 
Mistake or error by any person which results in the activation of an alarm system when no burglary, robbery or other emergency exists;
2. 
Malfunction of an alarm system caused by a flaw in the normal operation, design, installation, maintenance of the system, by faulty equipment, or by a change in the weather, environment or premises upon or within which the alarm system is operating;
3. 
Intentional activation of an alarm system when no burglary, robbery or other emergency exists.
C. 
An alarm will not be considered false if the alarm was caused by:
1. 
Natural or man-made catastrophe, or an act of God such as an earthquake or tornado;
2. 
Vandalism resulting in physical damage to the premises;
3. 
Attempted entry of a location resulting in visible, physical or other damage or other indications which substantiate the occurrence of said incident;
4. 
The crimes of burglary or robbery;
5. 
Fire.
[R.O. 2011 §8.04.050; Prior Code §23-58 (part); Ord. No. 5993 §1, 1-9-1995]
A. 
No false alarm fee shall be assessed against the alarm user/subscriber for the first (1st) false alarm occurring in any calendar year.
B. 
A false alarm fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be assessed against the alarm user/subscriber for the second (2nd) false alarm occurring in any calendar year.
C. 
A false alarm fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be assessed against the alarm user/subscriber for each false alarm occurring after the second (2nd) false alarm in any calendar year.