[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Muskego 12-23-1964 by Ord. No. 1 as § 12.18 of the 1964 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Although the City of Muskego recognizes that alarm systems serve a public service, it is the intent of this chapter to establish standards and regulations for all alarm systems as defined in this chapter in the City of Muskego in order to prevent responses by the Police or Fire Department when an emergency situation does not exist due to carelessness, improper maintenance or any other cause which results in false alarms from privately owned, commercially owned, leased or contracted alarm systems in that a large number of such false alarms have been received by the Police and Fire Departments. Such false alarms initiate police and fire personnel and vehicle response which results in unnecessary expense to the City, increases the risk of damage to property or injury to persons and dilutes the police and fire protection available to other areas of the City. Such false alarms, therefore, constitute a public nuisance which must be abated and/or penalized.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM LOCATION
- Any premises or property delineated on the application. No single alarm location may be granted more than one alarm permit. The Common Council reserves the right to designate a specific premises or property as one alarm location.
- The person filing for a permit.
- CENTRAL ALARM STATION
- Any facility other than the Muskego police or fire station which receives signals from alarm systems and alerts the Police or Fire Department of the need to make an emergency response to the signal.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal, regardless of how received, resulting in a response by Police or Fire Department personnel when an emergency situation does not exist. An emergency situation exists when an emergency response is substantiated to the satisfaction of the Police or Fire Department.
- LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
- Any system which emits either an audible or visual signal, or both, on the exterior of any property and is not connected to any other location by any means. This does not include any device designed solely for the purpose of alerting a building's occupants of fire, smoke or illegal entry, or any alarm devices on automobiles.
- Any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity, whether singular or plural.
The owner, occupant or person in control of premises protected by any type or number of alarm systems as defined herein is required to obtain an alarm permit. No owner, occupant or person in control of property shall cause to be placed in operation any alarm system for which a permit has not been issued or for which a permit has been canceled.
All alarm systems defined herein must be applied for one time for the life of the specific system or systems and applicant as applied for in the application. The fee for this permit shall be established by resolution of the Common Council.
All applications for a permit shall be made to the City Clerk's office on a form prescribed by the Chief of Police.
The application shall contain the following information:
Types and number of alarm systems on alarm location.
Name and address of alarm location.
All names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons able to respond to the alarm location within 1/2 hour after activation.
Identification of the firm or person installing the alarm system.
Name of the central alarm station if applicable.
Agent for applicant if the same is a corporation or partnership.
Any other information deemed necessary by the Chief of Police or Fire Chief.
No information contained in an application for an alarm permit shall be deemed to be public information. Unauthorized release of permit information is deemed to be a compromise of public safety.
All persons having an alarm system currently on premises shall obtain a permit within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter. For all alarm systems in operation on the effective date of this chapter, no permit fee shall be charged if a permit is obtained within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter.
Any person, company, organization or other entity granted an alarm permit covered by this chapter shall be capable of having a service representative or other authorized key holder respond to the alarm location within 30 minutes after activation.
The Police Chief may issue an alarm permit to any owner, occupant or person in control of premises protected by an alarm system as defined herein that meets the following conditions:
[Amended 4-6-1989 by Ord. No. 639]
The applicant has properly prepared and filed an application for the same.
The applicant has paid all applicable permit fees.
The alarm system has approval of Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or other nationally recognized testing service.
The local alarm system has or will have a device which will shut off any audible signal automatically within 15 minutes after activation.
The applicant hold the City of Muskego harmless for any and all damages or losses resulting from the existence of the applicant's alarm system.
The applicant agrees to follow alarm testing procedures set forth by the Chief of Police and Fire Chief and will assume any expenses for testing the alarm system.
The applicant accepts that a violation of any provision or condition of this chapter is cause for revocation of the permit by the City of Muskego.
Additionally, any applicant for a direct private alarm system permit agrees to the following conditions:
Equipment must meet at least minimum standards as set forth in the Federal Bank Protection Act of 1968.
Applicant agrees to install at his or her expense at the Police or Fire Department switchboard termination point equipment which is designated by the Chief of Police or Fire Chief.
Applicant agrees to assume all costs of installation, maintenance and monthly rental of telephone lines used by the applicant for such alarm.
The applicant assumes responsibility and expense for the removal of the alarm system when the service is disconnected or the permit is revoked.
No person, firm or corporation shall use or cause to be used any telephone or electronic device or attachment which automatically selects a public primary telephone trunk line of the Police or Fire Department and then reproduces any prerecorded message to report any intrusion, robbery or other emergency, nor will the installation of a private telephone and trunk line for this purpose be allowed.
Any person aggrieved by any administrative determination of the Common Council under this chapter may have such determination reviewed as provided by Chapter 6, Administrative Review, of the City Code or by writ of certiorari to the Circuit Court within 30 days of final determination, or as further outlined in the Municipal Code of the City of Muskego.
[Added 11-11-1986 by Ord. No. 558]
The owner, occupant or person in control of an alarm location protected by any alarm system or alarm systems as defined herein is prohibited from allowing any false alarm, whether intended or unintended.
The owner, occupant or person in control of an alarm location protected by any alarm system or alarm systems as defined herein, upon conviction, is subject to the following penalties, regardless of cause, each time a signal, regardless of how received, results in a response by the Police or Fire Department when an emergency situation does not exist:
The above schedule is per calendar year. In default of payment, said fines shall be included as a special charge against the property tax on the subject property. Additionally, said conviction shall be a basis for revocation or denial of any alarm permit.
Any other violation of this chapter. Any owner, occupant or person in control of an alarm location protected by an alarm system in violation of this chapter, other than those offenses defined in Subsection A, shall upon conviction be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code. Additionally, said conviction shall be a basis for revocation or denial of any alarm permit. Every day upon which any such violation exists constitutes a separate offense.