[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Collingdale 9-9-1996 by Ord. No. 609A (Ch. 7, Part 4, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any assembly of equipment, mechanical or electrical, arranged to signal the occurrence of an illegal entry, fire, smoke and/or similar type emergency or other activity requiring urgent attention and to which the Borough of Collingdale emergency services are expected to respond.
- ALARM USER
- Any person, firm, business or corporation of any kind in control of the premises wherein the alarm system is maintained.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm system activated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional acts to which the Borough of Collingdale emergency services respond, including malfunction of the alarm system, or any other kind of direct or indirect signal given to the Borough of Collingdale Police Department and/or the Collingdale Fire Company No. 1 and/or Collingdale Fire Company No. 2, any of the various ambulance services associated thereto, to which police and/or firefighters and/or emergency medical personnel respond, which is not the result of a robbery, burglary, intrusion, smoke, fire or similar emergency. Alarm activation caused by electrical failures beyond the control of the owners of the structure protected, electrical storms or acts of God shall not be considered false alarms.
All alarm users with an alarm system using an audible alarm shall equip such system with a timing mechanism that will disengage the alarm after a maximum period of 15 minutes. Such audible alarm must remain disconnected until it can be manually reset. It is the specific intent of the section to prevent an audible alarm automatically resetting.
Every alarm user shall be responsible to obtain information to enable the user to operate the alarm system properly and to locate and obtain service for the alarm system.
An alarm service fee of $50 per false alarm shall be charged against all alarm users that either knowingly or unknowingly cause a false alarm to be received by the Borough of Collingdale emergency services, which include the Borough of Collingdale Police Department and/or the Borough of Collingdale Fire Company No. 1 and/or the Collingdale Fire Company No. 2, any of the associated ambulance services thereto to which police and/or firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond, which is not the result of a robbery, burglary, intrusion, fire or similar emergency, for the first offense; a one-hundred-dollar alarm service fee for the second offense, and a two-hundred-dollar alarm service fee for the third offense, and a three-hundred-dollar alarm service fee for each offense thereafter. Each daily occurrence of the same offense shall be considered as a new offense and chargeable as such. All false alarm service fees are payable to the Borough of Collingdale and shall be made within 10 days of the notice of charge.
Any alarm user who violates any provision of this chapter and does not timely pay to the Borough of Collingdale the alarm service fee(s) assessed as required herein, or any alarm user that violates any provisions of this chapter, shall be guilty of a violation of the chapter and shall, upon conviction before the Magisterial District Judge, be subject to pay a fine of no less than $100 and not more than $1,000, plus the payment to the Borough of Collingdale of the assessed and charged alarm service fee(s), plus costs of prosecution.