[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 122.
Article I Police and Fire Alarms
Article II Requirements for Private Alarms; Liability for False Alarms
[Adopted 8-3-1970 by Ord. No. 16-1970]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to:
Knowingly give or cause to be given any false alarm of a fire or any false alarm to the police.
Interfere with or obstruct any fireman or policeman or piece of fire or police apparatus while going to or while engaged in fighting a fire or quelling a disturbance.
Tamper with or attempt to tamper with or open any wire, telephone box, fire hydrant or other fire apparatus or any emergency police and fire phone, except in case of a fire or to summon police when needed.
[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 8903; 1-9-1997 by Ord. No. 9616]
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before the Municipal Judge of the Ventnor City Municipal Court or other proper authority, be fined a sum not to exceed $1,000 or be committed to the City or county jail for a period not to exceed 90 days, and should said defendant be charged pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:107-9, then, upon conviction thereof, he shall be punished pursuant to the penalties thereto. In addition to or as a substitute for the previously mentioned fine, the imposition of community service shall be authorized as an additional penalty, which community service shall not exceed 90 days.
[Adopted 2-6-1978 by Ord. No. 7805; amended in its entirety 4-5-1982 by Ord. No. 8214]
Editor's Note: Former § 58-3, Installers to register with police, was repealed 7-7-1988 by Ord. No. 8819.
It is the intent of the City of Ventnor City to defray the cost of responding to false alarms that occur in the automatic detection device or alarm system which uses the service of intermediaries that provide an indirect connection with the Police Department of Ventnor City.
[Amended 7-7-1988 by Ord. No. 8814]
The charge for such false alarms that shall occur in any one year shall be as follows:
The first six alarms shall be at no charge.
Any false alarms thereafter, up and to 16, shall be at a charge of $25 for each false alarm.
Alarm subscribers that use a service of central monitoring stations (live-voice only) are permitted on a designated line as determined by the Ventnor City Police Department.
[Amended 2-7-1983 by Ord. No. 8304; 7-7-1988 by Ord. No. 8819]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection D, Consent forms, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 7-7-1988 by Ord. No. 8819.
Private owners or lessees must equip audible alarms with a timing mechanism that will disengage the audible alarm after a maximum period of 15 minutes. Audible alarms without such a timing mechanism shall be unlawful in the City of Ventnor City and must be disconnected by the owner or lessee within 60 days from the effective date of this amendment.
[Amended 7-7-1988 by Ord. No. 8819]
A licensed alarm equipment supplier who sells or leases an automatic protection device or sells, installs or leases an alarm system in the City of Ventnor City shall make service available on a twenty-four-hour-per-day basis, seven days a week, to repair such device or system or to correct any malfunctions that may occur. Such service may be made available for any person using an automatic protection device or alarm system supplied at such user's expense.