Borough of Homestead, PA
Allegheny County
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[Adopted 12-30-1991 by Ord. No. 1018; amended in its entirety 9-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-06 (Ch. 93 of the 1999 Code)]
As used in this Part, 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:
1. 
Directly to the Police Department; or
2. 
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.
1. 
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:
A. 
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.
B. 
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.
2. 
In addition to any fine or penalty imposed by § 7-105, any person who fails to comply with this section shall be liable to the Borough for the false alarm response charge imposed by § 7-103.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see AO)]
1. 
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:
A. 
Free calls. The first three false alarms in a calendar year: no fine.
B. 
Fourth through sixth calls. The fourth through sixth false alarms in a calendar year: $50 per false alarm.
C. 
Calls beyond the sixth. All false alarms beyond the sixth in a calendar year: $100 per false alarm.
2. 
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 Part 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:
1. 
The fine for false alarms may in no event exceed the fine prescribed in § 7-103.1 or 7-103.2 hereof, whichever shall be applicable.
2. 
The fine for each violation of § 7-102 shall not exceed $600.
[Adopted 3-11-2010 by Ord. No. 1207 (Ch. 143 of the 1999 Code)]
The Borough Council of the Borough of Homestead has determined that the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the Borough of Homestead are promoted by requiring certain structures to have a key lockbox installed on the exterior of the structure to aid the Homestead Volunteer Fire Department in gaining access to or within a structure when responding to calls for an emergency service and to aid access into or within a building that is secured or is unduly difficult to gain entry into due to being either unoccupied or having occupants who are unable to respond.
1. 
The following structures shall be equipped with a key lockbox at or near the main entrance or such other location as required by the Fire Chief:
A. 
Commercial or industrial structures.
B. 
Multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors but have a common corridor for access to the living unit.
C. 
Schools, whether public or private.
D. 
Governmental structures and nursing care facilities unless the building is staffed or open 24 hours.
2. 
All new construction subject to § 7-202.1 shall have a key lockbox installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures in existence on the effective date of this Part and subject to § 7-202.1 shall have 12 months from the enactment date of this Part to have a key lockbox installed and operational.
3. 
The type of key lockboxes to be implemented within the Borough shall be a Knox-Box® brand system or such other rapid entry system of comparable quality which has been specifically authorized in writing by the Volunteer Fire Department Chief as being an acceptable substitution for the Knox-Box® brand system.
1. 
All Knox-Boxes® or their approved substitutes shall be installed to the left of the main business door.
2. 
All Knox-Boxes® or their approved substitutes shall be flush mounted 60 inches from the ground to the center of the entry if possible.
3. 
In the event that the rapid entry box system cannot be installed at the aforesaid location and/or height, the Volunteer Fire Department Chief may designate in writing a different location and installation specifications.
4. 
All Knox-Boxes® or their substitutes shall have a tamper switch installed in the building as an intrusion/burglar alarm.
5. 
All realty and/or property with an electronic security gate shall have the Knox-Box® installed outside of the gate.
6. 
The Volunteer Fire Department Chief must approve any changes in the installation.
The operator of the building shall immediately notify the Volunteer Fire Department Chief and provide the new keys when a lockbox is changed or rekeyed. The key to such lockbox shall be secured in the Knox-Box®.
The contents of the lockbox are as follows:
1. 
Keys to locked points of ingress or egress, whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings.
2. 
Keys to all mechanical rooms.
3. 
Keys to all locked electrical rooms.
4. 
Keys to elevators and their control rooms.
5. 
Keys to the fire alarm panels.
6. 
Keys (special) to reset pull stations or other fire protective devices.
7. 
Keys to any other areas as requested by the Borough of Homestead Volunteer Fire Department Chief.
All Knox-Box® master keys are carried in a secured environment within the fire apparatus. Firefighters will inform County Dispatch when entering the Knox-Box® to retrieve the keys and when returning the keys.
The following structures are exempt from the mandate to install a key lockbox system:
1. 
Single-family structures and multifamily structures that do not meet the definition set forth in § 7-202.
2. 
Structures that have twenty-four-hour, three-hundred-sixty-five-day on-site security personnel or have other personnel on site.
3. 
Businesses that are open and staffed 24 hours, 365 days per year (which may include but are not limited to nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, etc.).
4. 
Rental storage facilities where there is single lock on the separate storage pods that are supplied; provided however, the entry security gate(s) will require a Knox-Box® if electronically controlled or locked with a master key issued by the landlord to all tenants.
5. 
Any facility not having an automatic alarm system.
1. 
Any person, entity or corporation who has violated any provisions of this Part, or who has failed to comply with any order issued by the Homestead Volunteer Fire Department Chief, shall, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, be punishable by a fine of not more than $600 per offense plus court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Borough in the enforcement proceedings. If the penalty is not paid, the Borough shall initiate a civil action for collection in accordance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this Part that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense. In addition to or in lieu of enforcement under this section, the Borough may enforce this Part in equity in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see AO)]
2. 
If any sentence, clause or section or any part of this Part is for any reason found to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such unconstitutionality, illegality or invalidity shall not affect or impair any of the remaining provisions, sentences, clauses or sections or parts of the same contained in this Part. It is hereby declared as the intent of the Council of the Borough of Homestead that this Part would have been adopted as if such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid sentence, clause or section or part thereof had not been included therein.
3. 
Any ordinance or part of any ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this Part be and the same is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.