[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of New Hempstead 3-26-1992 by L.L. No. 1-1992; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 122.
This chapter shall be known as the "Automated Alarm Device Systems Law of the Village of New Hempstead."
The Police Department of the Town of Ramapo has reported large numbers of false alarms emanating from automated alarm device 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, thereby interfering with services of these departments that protect the health, safety and welfare of all residents. It is the intent of this chapter to reduce the occurrence of false alarms and provide a mechanism whereby those responsible for the creation of these false alarms be dealt with in an appropriate manner. It is not the intent of this chapter to discourage the use of automated equipment but rather to encourage the use of automated equipment in a manner that fulfills the function that the equipment is intended to perform.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE SYSTEM
- One or more mechanical, electrical, or electronic devices 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 is audible, visible or electronic, and whether such signal is automatic or otherwise.
- ALARM INSTALLER
- Any person, firm, corporation or business entity who or which has installed and/or receives compensation for service or maintenance of a burglar or fire alarm device system 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 system is installed or operating.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal transmitted to either fire or police departments, 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.
- Any building, dwelling or residence on which an alarm device system has been installed.
It shall be unlawful for any alarm installer to install an alarm device system or 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 device system. Said registration shall provide the following information:
Name, home address and telephone number of owners.
Business address and telephone numbers of owners.
Name, address and telephone number of any person living within the Town of Ramapo who shall be deemed to be a caretaker, handy person or person watching the premises for the owner, if there is any such person.
Name, address and telephone number of the company which owns, leases, rents, installs or maintains the alarm device system.
Each person who has submitted registration information shall receive an alarm device system registration permit, which shall be prominently displayed on the premises where the alarm device system is located.
All existing alarm users shall register their alarm device system within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter.
Any alarm installer contracted to install an alarm device system shall be licensed to perform home improvements 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 system to signal a false alarm, whether intentionally or unintentionally, or whether due to malfunction or otherwise.
If an alarm device system activates an outside audible signal, such outside audible signal shall not be broadcast for more than 30 minutes after initial activation.
The Police Department shall have the power, right and authority to issue appearance tickets as the same is defined in Article 150 of the Criminal Procedure Law of the State of New York for the violation of any section of this chapter.