Borough of Alpha, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Alpha 8-25-1998 by Ord. No. 98-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 265.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and regulations concerning the installation, operation and maintenance of certain alarm systems within the Borough of Alpha.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
A. 
Any person who desires to own, operate, lease or maintain an alarm system within the Borough shall file a registration permit annually for a fee of $10 to be paid to the police service provider. The permit shall contain the location of the alarm system, the installer's name and address, the type of device, information relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of names and addresses and telephone numbers of persons to be contacted, and those who will respond in the event of an alarm, and such other information as may be required by the police service provider.
B. 
The police service provider shall issue a registration permit or make the appropriate internal account for the ownership, operation or maintenance of an alarm system to any person desiring to own, operate, lease or maintain an alarm system if the police service provider is satisfied that the registration information is complete and that the alarm system is capable of being operated in conformance with this chapter. Special conditions may be made, if this is deemed necessary.
C. 
A registration permit shall be valid only for the calendar year in which it is issued, provided that all required amendments thereto have been filed. A registration permit shall automatically terminate upon a change in occupancy for the premises for which the permit was issued.
D. 
Any permit granted thereunder shall be accepted upon the express condition that the registrant shall indemnify and hold the Borough harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the activities of the registrant or its alarm contractor.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any device employed to call attention to or provide warning by any person or by fire, smoke, flood or other peril, whether the same provides a visual or audio response, alarm or warning.
AUDIBLE ALARM
An alarm system which when activated emits a sound which can be heard beyond the boundaries of the premises on which it is located.
DIAL ALARM
That type of automatic telephone dialing service using the telephone system to transmit an alarm of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril to the police service provider or any third party.
DIRECT ALARM
An alarm device which has a direct line to the police service provider.
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm or signal of an alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence, the intentional or unintentional act of a person other than an intruder, and including alarms caused by mechanical failure, malfunction or improper installation of the alarm system and related equipment. False alarms shall not include activations caused by power or phone line interruptions, where such interruptions have been reported to the Borough of Alpha or its police service provider.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm device, other than a direct or dial alarm, which when activated produces an external emergency signal.
PERSON
Any individual, person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, organization, business entity or club.
REGISTRANT
Any person owning, operating, leasing or maintaining an alarm system within the scope of this chapter, who has been issued a registration permit or completed and submitted the proper documentation to the police service provider to operate and maintain such alarm system.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who owns, operates, leases or maintains any alarm system situated within the Borough if the alarm system has an audible signaling device which requires a response by the police service provider, Alpha Fire Department, Emergency Squad or other Borough agency. The provisions of this chapter shall in no way prohibit service by a private source to persons within or outside the Borough, so long as such activity is not in violation of this chapter, and provided further that any person owning, operating, leasing or maintaining a premises protected by an alarm system shall be responsible for the registration thereof in accordance with this chapter.
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Editor's Note: Former § 125-5, Alarm console, was repealed 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
All components of an alarm system shall be maintained in good repair and shall operate in a proper manner. When evidence exists that there has been failure to comply with the maintenance and operation requirements of this chapter, the police service provider shall then be authorized to demand that such alarm system be disconnected until such time as compliance with the provisions of this chapter has been established. The police service provider shall have the right to disconnect any malfunctioning equipment from any alarm system until such time as the malfunction has been corrected and the alarm system is operating in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
All audible signaling devices shall be equipped with a timing device to limit the sounding of the signaling device to 15 minutes or less.
[Amended 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
A. 
In the case of a false alarm or of improper maintenance or operation of an alarm system, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the police service provider. The police service provider shall cause an investigation to be made of all false alarms and of all improper maintenance or operation of alarm systems and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file. For such alarms, the following penalties shall prevail:
(1) 
For the first and second false alarm in the same calendar year, a warning will be issued.
(2) 
For the third and fourth false alarm in the same calendar year, a service fee of $50 per false alarm shall be paid to the Borough.
(3) 
For the fifth and/or all subsequent false alarms in the same calendar year, a service fee of $100 per false alarm shall be paid to the Borough.
B. 
Where the investigation of the police service provider discloses a continuous disregard by the owner for taking remedial steps for avoiding false alarms or for continuous failure to maintain or operate an alarm system properly, the police service provider shall have the right to require disconnection of the alarm system for a limited or permanent time, giving the owner an opportunity to show cause to the police service provider why such action should not be taken. A person aggrieved by the decision of the police service provider shall have the right to appeal said decision to the Borough Council within 10 days of the decision.
[Amended 6-22-2004 by Ord. No. 04-16; 2-25-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-04]
Any person or entity found to violate any of the terms or provisions of this chapter or who shall commit or do any act or thing prohibited in this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Court, be subject to a fine not exceeding $1,250.