Borough of Elizabethville, PA
Dauphin County
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[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
It shall be the duty of the Borough of Elizabethville, through the designated official, to enforce the provisions of this Part.
[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any assembly of equipment, mechanical, electrical or battery-operated, arranged to signal the occurrence of a police, fire, hazard or medical emergency requiring urgent attention and to which police, fire or medical units are expected to respond.
BURGLAR AND FIRE ALARM EQUIPMENT
Any and all equipment utilized for the purpose of transmitting a signal or alarm pertaining to property or business located within Elizabethville Borough to the attention of the Police and/or Fire Department, whether or not said equipment directly alerts the Police and/or Fire Department or alerts any other authorities for relaying the alarm or alarms.
[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
The obligation for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of burglar and fire alarm equipment or systems shall be the full responsibility of the person having had the same installed or his successor utilizing said equipment.
[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
1. 
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person or persons, firm or corporation or other legal entity to commit the following:
A. 
Test a burglar or fire alarm system without prior notice to the Police and/or Fire Department.
B. 
Send an alarm through a burglar or fire alarm system to test the response time of the Police and/or Fire Department.
C. 
Intentionally or knowingly send or cause to be sent a false burglar or fire alarm.
D. 
Negligently cause an alarm to be sent or transmitted through a burglar or fire alarm system. It shall be deemed to be a negligent act to accidentally send a burglar or fire alarm when no burglary or fire is in fact occurring; it shall also be deemed to be negligent to fail to properly maintain and have burglar or fire alarm equipment in such a state of repair which results in the sending of a burglar or fire alarm due to mechanical failure or activation of the burglar or fire alarm system; provided, however, that it shall not be deemed negligence if a burglar or fire alarm signal is sent as a result of an act of God, e.g., lightning or other electrical surcharge not the fault of the installer or his successor; nor shall it be deemed to be negligence for a person reasonably believing a burglary or fire to be taking place to send or cause to be sent an alarm through a burglar or fire alarm system.
[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
1. 
Any owner of a police alarm, fire alarm, smoke detector or other type of alarm, which alarm has a direct or indirect connection which calls for a response from the Police or Fire Department, shall be charged a response charge in each calendar year, as follows:
Alarm
Charge
First 2 false alarms in period
No charge
Third and fourth false alarms
$100
Fifth and sixth false alarms
$200
Seventh and eighth false alarms
$500
Ninth false alarm and any false alarms thereafter
$1,000
2. 
The response charge shall be paid over to the Fire Department for Fire Department calls.
3. 
Failure to pay the response charge within 30 days of written notice from the Borough may result in prosecution as prescribed under § 4-306, Violations and Penalties.
[Ord. No. 337, 1/10/2011]
Any person, persons, firm or corporation or other legal entity causing a false burglar or fire alarm to be sent or who otherwise violates the provisions of this Part shall be subject to prosecution before the District Justice and a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs, or, in default of payment of such fine or costs, to undergo imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Every day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.