City of Lock Haven, PA
Clinton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lock Haven 8-6-1990 by Ord. No. 352B (Ch. 13, Part 3, of the 2003 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 212.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ALARM SYSTEM
An assembly of equipment and devices, or a single device such as a solid state unit, which uses electrical energy to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention such as a burglar, robbery, fire, smoke or need for medical assistance within a building, structure or facility, or for alerting others to the commission of an unlawful act or hazard within the building, structure or facility and to which firemen, policemen or public safety officers are expected to respond, and which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when actuated. "Alarm system" includes, but is not limited to, the terms "audible alarm system," "automatic holdup alarm system," "burglar alarm system," "fire alarm system" and "manual holdup alarm system," as those terms are hereinafter defined. Excluded from the definition of "alarm systems" are systems used solely to alert or signal persons within the premises in which the alarm system is located.
ALARM USER
Any person, corporation, partnership or association owning, leasing, occupying or found in charge of any premises wherein an alarm system is located.
ANSWERING SERVICE
A telephone answering service providing the service of receiving emergency signals from an alarm system and thereafter relaying the emergency alarm by voice to the Clinton County Communication Center and/or the Police Department for the City of Lock Haven.
AUDIBLE ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm system which generates an audible sound on the premises when it is actuated, which sound can be heard by persons not on the premises, although it may be also heard on the premises.
AUTOMATIC HOLDUP ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm in which the signal transmission is initiated by the action of the robber or intruder.
BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm signaling an entry or an attempted entry in the area protected by the alarm system.
FALSE ALARMS
The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or his employees or agents.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
An alarm system signaling fire and/or smoke in the area protected by the alarm system and shall include, but not be limited to, all fire alarms, smoke alarms or sprinkler alarms.
MANUAL HOLDUP ALARM SYSTEM
Refers to an alarm in which the signal transmission is initiated by the direct action of the person attacked or by an observer of the attack.
PUBLIC SAFETY ALARM
Any one or more of the alarm systems described in this section.
SUBSCRIBER
The person who buys or leases or otherwise obtains for use upon the premises within the City an alarm system or contracts with or hires an alarm business to monitor or service the alarm system.
The alarm subscriber shall provide the Clinton County Communication Center with the names and residence telephone numbers of at least two persons who can be reached by telephone and who can provide entry into the premises wherein an alarm system is located for the purpose of terminating an alarm signal.
No alarm system shall be tested with a resulting transmission of an alarm without first notifying the Clinton County Communication Center.
The City of Lock Haven shall not be liable for the maintenance of any alarm system equipment, for answering any alarms or for any loss or damage relating to the alarm system or procedure; and, further, each subscriber shall hold harmless the City of Lock Haven, as well as its employees for the same and shall reimburse for any reasonable attorney's fees and cost incurred in the event the City of Lock Haven is made party to any such legal proceedings.
[Amended 3-5-2018 by Ord. No. 983]
Each subscriber shall pay to the City of Lock Haven a penalty in the event a false alarm is transmitted to the Clinton County Communication Center, as follows:
A. 
For the first two false alarms in any calendar year: no penalty.
B. 
For the third false alarm in any calendar year: $50.
C. 
For the fourth false alarm in any calendar year: $100.
D. 
For the fifth and each succeeding false alarm in any calendar year: $200.
A. 
When a false alarm occurs, the Lock Haven City Police Department or the Lock Haven Fire Department, within 10 days from the date of the false alarm, shall notify the subscriber of the alarm device from which the false alarm emanated that a false alarm charge is due and the amount thereof. Such notice shall be in writing and mailed (certified mail) to the subscriber at the location of the alarm. Failure of the Lock Haven Police Department or the Lock Haven Fire Department to mail notice of assessment of a false alarm charge within 10 days from the occurrence of a false alarm shall preclude the City from assessing a false alarm charge for said false alarm.
B. 
A false alarm charge shall be due and payable at the office of the Lock Haven City Police Department 15 days from the date of the mailing of the notice of assessment of the charge.
C. 
Failure of the subscriber causing a false alarm to pay a false alarm charge on or before the date due shall constitute a violation of this chapter and shall be subject to termination of police or fire response.
[Amended 6-4-2001 by Ord. No. 611B]
Alarm conditions caused by the following circumstances shall not constitute a false alarm for which a user fee is imposed. Alarm system malfunctions if:
A. 
A person who has accidentally caused a false alarm immediately calls the Clinton County Communication Center in time to prevent a response of the Police or Fire Department to the premises.
B. 
Alarm activated by storm conditions, motor vehicle-utility pole collisions or disruption of telephone company service or other natural disaster.
C. 
Corrective measures are instituted and written proof of repairs provided within 72 hours after the alarm has been transmitted. Written proof of repairs shall be provided to the Fire Chief for all false alarm notifications issued by the Fire Department and to the Chief of Police for all false alarm notifications issued by the Police Department.
In the event the subscriber of an alarm device has been assessed with eight or more penalties per calendar year or has any unpaid penalties, the Chief of Police or the Lock Haven Fire Department Chief shall recommend to the City Manager that the City terminate responses until such time as the penalties are paid in full and/or the subscriber has his alarm system certified as repaired and functioning properly by a company which installs and maintains alarm systems.