[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Alarms and alarm systems — See Ch. 26.
[Adopted 1-21-1986 by Ord. No. 2-86 (Sec. 4-27 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances)]
The purpose of this article is the regulation of the opening and closing hours of all business and commercial establishments to which the public is invited in the interest of the protection of employees, patrons and law enforcement officers. It has been determined that unprotected and understaffed business and commercial enterprises are prey to the criminal element in our society during the late night and early morning hours and that certain security devices must be provided in order to protect the general public who use these establishments.
The provisions and requirements of this article shall not apply to, nor include, any business or commercial establishment issued a license or permit for on-the-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages or permitted to carry on a business or commercial activity under the laws of the United States, the State of New Jersey or other municipal ordinances not inconsistent with the provisions of this article.
No business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited shall be open between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. (2300 to 0500 hours) unless:
There are two employees on continuous duty in that part of the business or commercial establishment to which the public is invited; and, in addition thereto
The business or commercial establishment shall employ a security officer; or the premises has in operation a security device approved by the Chief of Police of the Township of Old Bridge which may consist of a silent and/or audible burglar alarm connected to a central security monitoring system designed to activate police response, a closed circuit television connected to a central security monitoring system designed to activate police response, or such other device which can be activated instantaneously to notify law enforcement officers that a crime or disorderly person's activity is in progress.
Any person who shall violate a provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[Adopted 1-24-2000 by Ord. No. 01-00]
Any business which invites the public to its premises 24 hours a day and maintains a lighted parking area shall be required to operate all lighting approved for use in such parking area from dusk till dawn for general safety.
Businesses which invite the public to their premises 24 hours a day shall include, though not be limited to, the following types of businesses: supermarkets and convenience stores open 24 hours a day, video rental stores with a night return box and banks with ATM machines.
Any person who violates or causes to be violated the provisions of this article shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty. Each day a violation occurs shall constitute an additional separate and distinct offense.