[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle 2-14-1990 as Ord. No. 1787. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm panel which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- ALARM PANEL
- That device existing in the Police Department or Fire Department of the Borough of Roselle which emits visual or audio indications, or both, thus requiring a response thereto by the Police Department, Fire Department or other borough department.
- DIAL ALARM
- A type of device that employs an automatic dialing system precoded to connect with a telephone in the police headquarters or Fire Department headquarters rather than to an alarm panel.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment, but shall not include alarms created by malfunctioning of the alarm console.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm panel, such as burglar alarms which actuate bell devices.
- Any natural person, partnership, corporation or association or any other legal entity.
No person shall install, operate or maintain any type of alarm system within the Borough of Roselle, unless said alarm system has been registered with the Police Chief or Fire Chief of the Borough of Roselle, as the case may be, in accordance with the requirements of this section.
The owner of the premises in which an alarm system is to be installed shall file with the Police Chief or Fire Chief, where applicable, a completed registration form which shall include, among other information, the location of the device, the name of the installer of said device, type of device, a description of intended testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other data as may be required by the Chief of the Department intended to respond to any such alarm. Registration pursuant to this section may be accomplished by a lessee of the premises upon the submission of written permission therefor by the owner of such premises.
All local alarms, as hereinabove defined, shall be equipped with a time relay or battery to limit the sounding of alarms to fifteen (15) minutes or less.
Owners of alarm systems, upon registration, shall be deemed to have consented to inspection of the premises in which said alarm devices are installed at reasonable hours by the Police Chief and/or Fire Chief or their designated representatives.
No person shall install any burglar alarm equipment and/or fire alarm equipment in police headquarters or fire headquarters, including but not limited to dial alarms, for the purpose of transmitting any signals or alarms to the attention of the Police or Fire Department from a location in the Borough of Roselle outside of police headquarters for the purpose of obtaining Police or Fire Department response thereto, unless the same shall be connected to the alarm panel provided for by the Borough of Roselle. A person who shall connect said equipment as herein described shall pay to the Borough of Roselle an annual fee of sixty dollars ($60.) on or before December 1 of each year and such annual fee shall be apportioned in the event of a connection during the year, as more specifically provided for in § 20-10 of the Code of the Borough of Roselle, New Jersey.
In addition to the requirements hereinabove set forth, all dial alarm systems intended for usage within the Borough of Roselle must be approved in writing by the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company; further, a test alarm of such proposed system must be conducted by or on behalf of the applicant. The results of such test and the written approval by the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company shall be submitted to the Police Chief or the Fire Chief, where applicable, for official action or approval. All dial alarms shall be coded to notify a relative, neighbor or other third party who shall be named in the registration required in Subsection B of this section. All dial alarms shall be capable of being disconnected by the owner to permit a call to the police switchboard or fire station in the event that a false alarm occurs.
[Amended 12-19-1994 by Ord. No. 1954]
The Police Department and the Fire Department of the Borough of Roselle shall keep a record of all false alarms relayed by all alarm systems installed within the borough and recorded pursuant to this chapter.
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police or Fire Department, where applicable. Upon such occurrence, the Police Chief and/or Fire Chief shall cause an investigation to be made.
Penalties in accordance with the following schedules shall be imposed for the relay of a false alarm; for the third false alarm in any one-year period, a warning shall be issued by the Chief of the Department to which such said false alarm was reported; for the fourth false alarm and each and every false alarm thereafter in the one-year period, a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.) shall be paid by the owner of the alarm system to the Borough of Roselle. The Chief of the Department having jurisdiction thereof shall cause written notice of any warning or fine imposed by this section to be mailed to the owner of the alarm system by certified mail, return receipt requested. All fines imposed by this section shall be paid no later than thirty (30) days from the date of the Public Safety Committee of the Borough of Roselle by the Department Chief who has imposed such fine. The Borough may seek to recover said fine in the municipal court of the Borough of Roselle.
Nothing contained in this section shall be applicable to schools or public buildings.
The Police Chief and Fire Chief may from time to time propose rules and regulations in order to provide for efficient record keeping and the management of the system described herein. Such proposed rules and regulations shall become effective upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee where applicable and approval by the Mayor and Council. Upon such approval, the Department Chief having jurisdiction thereof shall cause copies of such rules and regulations to be mailed to all owners of alarm systems registered pursuant to this chapter and to be filed in the office of the Borough Clerk.