[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Manor Township 6-5-1989 by Ord. No. 5-89 (Ch. 7, Part 3, of the 1985 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 168.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices which require response thereto by the police department, and fire company or other municipal agencies.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm devices, dial alarm, or local alarm designed to summon the police, any fire company, or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM CONSOLE
- The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response or both and located within the confines of Lancaster County Control or elsewhere.
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm console providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm device, dial alarm or local alarm or any combination of the same.
- DIAL ALARM
- Type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly to Lancaster County Control or other approved site.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctions of the alarm system or other relevant equipment, but shall not include alarms created by malfunction of the alarm console.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when actuated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console, such as a store or home burglar alarm actuating bell or horn devices.
- Any natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the police department in a manner prescribed by rules and regulations of the police department of Manor Township. In addition, in the case of false alarms the Police Chief, or his designee, shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said false alarms on file. For such false alarms, the Board of Supervisors prescribes the following administrative fees:
For the third false alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued. For the third false alarm in any given year, the Police Chief, or his designee, shall notify the person occupying the premises upon which the alarm is located that a false alarm has been received and that any further false alarms during the same calendar year will result in penalties as set forth in this chapter.
For the fourth false alarm received in the same calendar year, an administrative fee of $25 payable to Manor Township shall be imposed. The administrative fee hereby imposed shall be payable in lieu of a fine hereinafter imposed by this chapter.
For the fifth false alarm in the same calendar year, an administrative fee of $50 payable to Manor Township shall be imposed. The administrative fee hereby imposed shall be payable in lieu of a fine hereinafter imposed by this chapter.
For the sixth and subsequent false alarm in the same calendar year, an administrative fee of $100 payable to Manor Township shall be imposed. The administrative fee hereby imposed shall be payable in lieu of a fine hereinafter imposed by this chapter.
Notice as required by this chapter shall be given by the Police Chief, or his designee, to the person occupying the premises upon which the alarm system is located by mailing a copy of the notice, certified mail, return receipt requested, to such person at that address where the alarm system is located. A notice may also be given by personal service of the notice by handing a copy of the same to the occupant of the premises upon which the alarm system is located or to an adult resident thereof or an employee located thereon. If service is made by personal service, the Police Chief, or his designee, shall file proof of service, which shall be under oath and which shall designate the person and title upon whom service was made.
Any person found guilty of violating the terms of this chapter or any person who shall fail to pay the administrative fee for false alarms in excess of three in the same calendar year shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding, be subject to a fine of not more than $300 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days or both.