Borough of Homestead, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead 12-30-1991 by Ord. No. 1018; amended in its entirety 9-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-06. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 23.
Police Department — See Ch. 59.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 124.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM
A communication to the Police Department indicating that a crime, fire or other emergency situation warranting immediate action by the Police Department has occurred or is occurring.
ALARM DEVICE
A mechanical device designed to automatically transmit an alarm by wire, telephone, radio or other means:
A. 
Directly to the Police Department; or
B. 
To a person who is instructed to notify the Police Department of the alarm.
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENT
Any person or entity engaging in an enterprise for profit.
FALSE ALARM
An alarm to which the Police Department responds resulting from the activation of an alarm device when a crime, fire or other emergency warranting immediate action by the Police Department has not, in fact, occurred.
PERSON
An individual, corporation, partnership, incorporated association or other similar entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department of the Borough.
A. 
Persons who sell, install, maintain or repair alarm devices or receive communications from alarm devices to notify the Police Department of the alarm shall provide the Chief of Police with:
(1) 
The address of the premises in which the alarm device is installed, maintained or repaired, or from which they receive or may receive communications from an alarm device to notify the Police Department.
(2) 
The name, address and telephone number of any person who purchased, leased or otherwise obtained an alarm device from them, or for whom they installed, maintained or repaired an alarm device; or from whom they received a communication to notify the Police Department.
B. 
In addition to any fine or penalty imposed by § 93-8, any person who fails to comply with this section shall be liable to the Borough for the permit fee imposed by § 93-4.
A. 
A person who has an alarm device in a residence shall pay fines in accordance with the following schedule for a false alarm transmitted by the alarm device to the Police Department:
(1) 
Free calls. The first three false alarms in a calendar year: no fine.
(2) 
Fourth through sixth calls. The fourth through sixth false alarms in a calendar year: $50 per false alarm.
(3) 
Calls beyond the sixth. All false alarms beyond the sixth in a calendar year: $100 per false alarm.
B. 
A permit holder who has an alarm device in a commercial establishment shall not pay any fine for the first false alarm in a calendar year, but shall pay a fine of $100 for each false alarm thereafter in a calendar year transmitted by the alarm device to the Police Department.
Each person who has an alarm device that transmits a false alarm to the Police Department shall be informed, in writing, by the Chief of the Police Department or his delegate of any false alarm.
The violation of or failure to comply with any provision of this chapter shall constitute a summary offense, and prosecution for such offense shall be in accordance with the practice in the case of summary convictions. The fines or penalties for each and every such violation or failure shall be limited as follows:
A. 
The fine for false alarms may in no event exceed the fine prescribed in § 93-3A or B hereof, whichever shall be applicable.
B. 
The fine for each violation of § 93-2 shall not exceed $600.