[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Oxford 5-15-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4 (Ch. 35A of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to alleviate those conditions within the Township of Oxford whereby policemen and fire personnel make unnecessary responses to alarms and thereby drain the manpower, time, space and facilities of the Township of Oxford in providing responses to fire alarms and burglar alarms within the Township of Oxford.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Any business operated by a person, partnership or corporation or other business entity for profit which engages in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing or responding to a fire or burglar alarm system or which causes any of these activities to take place.
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm-activating equipment which provides warning of burglary, intrusion, fire, flood or like peril.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- The installation in one or more buildings of one or more alarm devices for the express purpose of giving visual and/or audible warning of an emergency such as burglary, intrusion, fire, flood or like peril.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal eliciting a response by police or fire fighters or any other public officials when a situation requiring a response by police or fire fighters or any other public officials does not in fact exist, but excluding an alarm signal caused by violent conditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm business or alarm user.
No person shall install, operate or maintain any alarm system unless the alarm system has been registered with the Oxford Township Police Department. An alarm system shall be deemed registered at such time as a registration form supplied by the Oxford Township Police Department is completed as to all information requested therein. Among the information to be provided on the registration form is the following:
The name, address and telephone number of the owner, occupant or user of the property upon which the alarm system is installed.
The name, address and telephone number of the installer of the system.
The name, address and telephone number of the maintainer of the system.
The type of system.
A list of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of person(s) to be contacted in the event of an alarm or in an emergency situation determined by the Oxford Township Police Department.
A detailed description and location of the alarmed premises.
No further renewal registration shall be required unless and until there has occurred any material change in the information previously submitted with respect to any alarm system, in which event it shall be the duty of the user of the alarm system, within 10 days of such material change, to file a supplemental or revised registration containing accurate, current information.
All preexisting alarm systems shall comply with the registration requirements of this section within 60 days of the date of the final adoption of this chapter.
In the event an alarm system, other than a fire or holdup alarm system, is tied into and/or serviced by a central station or answering service, upon activation of said alarm system, the central station or answering service shall verify the validity of the alarm prior to notifying the Oxford Township Police Department.
No police, fire or other public department or official shall be responsible in any way for the resetting or maintenance of any alarm system.
No alarm business or person owing, using or possessing an alarm system shall cause or permit the giving of repeated false alarms, whether intentional, accidental or otherwise.
A new homeowner, occupant or user possessing or using an alarm system shall be responsible for notifying and reregistering the system with the Oxford Township Police Department within 30 days of his or her purchase and/or transfer of title of the property.
All information submitted in compliance with this chapter shall be held in confidence and shall be deemed a record exempt from public disclosure pursuant to state statute(s). Any violation of confidentiality shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any alarm system installed on property occupied by any township, county or state or federal government agency or office.
Any person who fails to register said alarm system as required by the provisions of this chapter is subject to a fine of $50.
Any owner or user of an alarm system which experiences more than two false alarms within any one-year period shall be required to modify or improve said system with a retrofit which will incorporate into said system a mandatory audible fifteen-second signal which shall be designed to prevent accidental activation of the system.
Owners and users of alarm systems shall be subject to the following minimum fine schedule for false alarms:
Any owner or user of an alarm system who accidentally activates his/her burglar alarm and promptly notifies the Oxford Township Police Department within two minutes after activation will not be charged with a false alarm call. This grace period shall not apply to fire alarms.
Any owner or user of an alarm system who installs such a system not in compliance with this chapter is subject to a minimum fine of $50. Additionally, said owner or user may be required to remove such alarm system.
Any owner or user of an alarm system shall be notified by the Oxford Township Police Department once two false alarms have occurred with said system.
Any person who intentionally causes the giving of a false alarm shall be in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3.