Borough of Paramus, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 47.
Police Department — See Ch. 103.
[Adopted 8-11-1987 by Ord. No. 87-22]
The purpose of this article is to provide standards and regulations for various types of fire alarm devices, whether direct-line, radio, telephone or other-means actuating device at the Police/Fire Department of the Borough of Paramus or by indirect or transfer of notice of alarm requiring response thereto by the Fire Department or other municipal agencies.
The provisions of this article shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon, directly or indirectly, the Fire Department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this article, the following definitions shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm or signal of any alarm actuated by inadvertence, carelessness, negligence or intentional or unintentional act of a person, and including as well alarms caused by mechanical failure, malfunctioning or improper installation of the alarm system and related equipment.
FIRE OFFICIAL
The Borough of Paramus Fire Official or his designated representative (as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:18, Uniform Fire Code).
PERSON
Any natural person or individual, or any firm, partnership, association, limited partnership, sole proprietorship, corporation or any other business entity or any government agency or entity.
A. 
This article shall be enforced by the Borough Fire Official.
B. 
In the event of any occurrence of a false alarm, the alarm user shall, within three days after written notice to do so, file a complete written report to the Fire Official, setting forth the cause of the false alarm, the corrective action taken, a statement as to whether the alarm system has been inspected by an alarm service company and such other information as the Fire Official may require on the designated forms.
C. 
Any person testing a fire alarm system shall notify the Police/Fire Department immediately prior to and after the testing is completed. Failure to do so shall constitute a false alarm.
D. 
If, upon the arrival of the Fire Department at the location of an activated fire alarm, the premises are found locked with no one in attendance, forcible entry shall be used to gain entrance to inspect the interior to determine the cause of the alarm.
E. 
The Fire Official shall, from time to time, promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this article in order to provide for the efficient management of the same. Said rules shall be subject to the approval of the Mayor.
A. 
First false alarm. A written notice of violation will be issued by the Fire Official. Said notice will require a written response in accordance with § 153-4B of this article.
B. 
Second false alarm. A written notice of violation will be issued by the Fire Official. Said notice will require a written response in accordance with § 153-4B of this article and a mandatory inspection of the alarm system by the alarm service company.
C. 
Subsequent false alarms. A written notice of violation will be issued by the Fire Official. Said notice will require a written response in accordance with § 153-4B of this article and a mandatory inspection of the alarm system by the alarm service company, and the following penalties shall be assessed by the Fire Official in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:18, Uniform Fire Code:
(1) 
Third false alarm: $100.
(2) 
Fourth false alarm: $200.
(3) 
Fifth false alarm: $300.
(4) 
Each subsequent false alarm: $500.
D. 
Failure to comply. Failure to submit the written response and/or conduct the mandatory inspection of the alarm shall result in a penalty of $100.
E. 
After a period of 12 consecutive months without a transmission of a false alarm, the procedure for the enforcement of violations will revert to § 153-5A of this article and proceed as described in § 153-5 et al.
It shall not be the responsibility of the Fire Department, Fire Official and/or Fire Prevention Bureau to reset any alarm system.
[Adopted 8-18-1987 by Ord. No. 87-25; amended in its entirety 2-9-1993 by Ord. No. 93-2]
The purpose of this article is to provide standards and regulations for various types of security alarm devices, whether direct-line, radio, telephone or other actuating device at the Police Department of the Borough of Paramus, or by indirect or transfer of notice of alarm requiring response thereto by the Police Department or other municipal agencies.
The provisions of this article shall apply to anyone who installs, operates, maintains, leases or owns any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon, directly or indirectly, the Police Department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of security alarm signal and those businesses who engage in the installation and maintenance of an alarm device.
As used in this article, the following definitions shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM CONSOLE
The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response or both and located within the confines of the Police Department.
ALARM DEVICE
See "security alarm system/device."
ALARM INSTALLER
Any business operated by a person or persons for a profit which engages in the installation of any security alarm device or system.
CALENDAR YEAR
January 1 to December 31 of any given year.
CENTRAL STATION ALARM
Any type of security alarm system which, when activated, transmits a signal to an independent communication center not under the control of the Borough of Paramus or the Police Department, which independent communication center, upon receipt of such signal, is to take appropriate action, including the relaying of such information to the Police Department telephone communication center.
CHIEF OF POLICE
The Chief of Police of the Borough of Paramus.
DIAL ALARM
Any type of alarm system which, when activated, transmits a preprogrammed electronic telephone message over the regular telephone lines to the telephone communication center in police headquarters.
DIGITAL ALARM
Any type of alarm system which, when activated, transmits a signal directly into the alarm console in police headquarters over regular telephone lines.
DIRECT ALARM
Any type of alarm system which, when activated, transmits a signal directly into the alarm console in police headquarters over special leased telephone lines.
FALSE ALARM
Any signal of a security alarm system actuated by inadvertence, carelessness or negligence or an intentional or unintentional act of a person other than an intruder, and including as well signals caused by mechanical failure, malfunction or improper installation of the security alarm system and related equipment, but not including signals created by mechanical failure, malfunction or improper installation of the alarm console.
LOCAL ALARM
Any type of alarm system which, when activated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console or the police headquarters switchboard, such as an actuating bell, siren or horn device providing warning of intrusion or other peril. The term "local alarm" shall not include a warning device on a motor vehicle, provided that the system is not interconnected with an alarm device, a direct or digital alarm. The term "local alarm" shall also not include any alarm designed to signal solely within the building (or series of buildings, if owned by the same person) on which it is located and which is not designed to emit signals visible or audible to persons outside such building (or series of buildings).
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paramus.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY ALARM
Any alarm which, when activated, indicates an immediate medical emergency at the announced location.
PANIC ALARM
Any alarm which, when activated, indicates some immediate peril at the announced location.
PERSON
Any natural person or individual, or any firm, partnership, association, limited partnership, proprietorship, corporation or any other business entity or any government agency or entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department of the Borough of Paramus.
POLICE HEADQUARTERS
The headquarters of the Police Department, presently located on Carlough Drive in the Borough of Paramus.
SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM/DEVICE
Any alarm system or device reporting to the Police Department a burglary, holdup, panic or medical emergency or emergency requiring urgent attention and to which the Police Department may be expected to respond. The term "security alarm system" shall include the terms "alarm devices," "direct alarms," "digital alarms," "central station alarms" and "local alarms." Fire alarm systems are not included in this article.
This article shall be enforced by the Borough of Paramus Police Department.
A. 
Alarm console.
(1) 
Any connection to the alarm console shall be of a type approved by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
(2) 
Any alarm system may have its signal transmitted to the alarm console as a digital alarm through the central station which supplies the service through the municipal bid process. All fees, except the annual permit fee, shall be paid directly to the central station service provider.
B. 
Local alarms.
(1) 
Each local alarm shall be of a type approved by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
(2) 
Each local alarm shall be equipped with a fifteen-minute automatic shut off.
C. 
Dial alarms.
(1) 
Upon the effective date of this article, any new dial alarms shall be prohibited.
(2) 
Within 90 days from said effective date, all existing dial alarms programmed to send a telephone message to the telephone communication center of the Police Department shall be disconnected or reprogrammed to discontinue the sending of such messages to the Police Department telephone communication center.
A. 
No person shall operate any central station alarm, digital alarm, direct alarm or local alarm installed in the Borough of Paramus after the effective date of this article without first obtaining a permit to operate the same from the Police Department.
B. 
A permit shall be obtained from the Police Department within 60 days after the effective date of this article for each central station alarm, digital alarm, direct alarm or local alarm in the Borough of Paramus which was installed on or before the effective date of this article.
C. 
All such permits shall be valid for the calendar year in which issued and shall be renewed annually on a calendar-year basis before February 1 of such year. Fees shall be payable to the Borough of Paramus upon issuance of said permits.
D. 
A permit application shall be completed and submitted with the prescribed fee. The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the person responsible for the alarm system and at least two emergency listings shall be provided on the permit application.
E. 
The fee for the initial registration and operating permit of a security alarm system shall be $15. The annual renewal fee shall be $10.
F. 
Failure to obtain or renew a permit within the prescribed period shall subject the alarm system owner to a fine of $50.
A. 
Any alarm installer who installs security alarm devices within the Borough of Paramus must obtain a permit from the office of the Borough Clerk within 60 days after the effective date of this article.
B. 
All such permits shall be valid for the calendar year in which issued and shall be renewed annually on a calendar-year basis before February 1 of such year.
C. 
The annual fee for a permit to install security alarm systems within the Borough of Paramus shall be $50.
A. 
The Chief of Police or his designated representative may inspect and test any newly installed alarm system within seven days of the initial installation. This provision shall not be construed to impose a duty on the Borough to make inspections or to relieve the alarm owner from inspecting, testing and maintaining his own alarm system.
B. 
Each alarm system shall be equipped with a fifteen-minute automatic shut off.
C. 
Any unauthorized installation may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this article.
D. 
The Chief of Police or his designated representative may order immediate, temporary disconnection of any alarm system from the alarm console if said alarm system is malfunctioning and causing a disturbance in police headquarters or interfering with the efficiency of the monitoring procedure. In the event of such disconnection, an effort shall be made promptly to notify the alarm system subscriber of same.
E. 
The Chief of Police or his designated representative may order immediate, temporary disconnection of any local alarm which has failed to shut off automatically after a fifteen-minute time period if said local alarm is, in the opinion of the Police Department, causing a disturbance. In such cases, the Police Department shall enter the premises, by force if necessary, to disable the alarm. The Borough of Paramus, its various departments, agencies and officials shall be held harmless for and on account of any and all damages arising out of such entry.
A. 
The owner of any security alarm device within the Borough of Paramus shall be responsible to provide the Police Department with his name, address and day/night telephone number or the name, address and day/night telephone number of the person responsible for the operation of the alarm system, as well as the name, address and telephone number of at least two other persons having access and control of the alarm system who may be contacted in the event of an activation or emergency.
B. 
Emergency listings shall be updated as follows:
(1) 
Upon initial registration of the alarm system.
(2) 
On an annual basis upon renewal of the alarm permit.
(3) 
On the next business day following any change in any of the emergency information provided to the Police Department.
A. 
In response to any alarm signal indicating panic or medical emergency, as so authorized by the alarm system owner in the permit application, the Police Department may enter the premises, by force if necessary, to respond to such signal, and the Borough of Paramus, its various departments, agencies and officials shall be held harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of such entry.
B. 
Any panic or medical emergency alarm which has not been properly registered with the Police Department in accordance with this article will be considered a real emergency, and entry will be made to the premises, by force if necessary, in response to such signal. In such cases, the Borough and its various departments, agencies and officials shall be held harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of such entry.
A. 
In the event that an alarm system is activated under conditions heretofore defined as a false alarm, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made and a record to be kept on file of said instance.
B. 
Violations and penalties. Any person who pleads guilty or is found guilty after trial in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus for a violation of a false alarm shall be fined as follows:
(1) 
For the first and second false alarms in any given calendar year, a written warning shall be issued by the Police Department.
(2) 
For the third false alarm in any give calendar year, a mandatory fine of $25 shall be imposed.
(3) 
For the fourth false alarm in any given calendar year, a mandatory fine of $50 shall be imposed.
(4) 
For the fifth false alarm in any given calendar year, a mandatory fine of $75 shall be imposed.
(5) 
For each subsequent false alarm in any given calendar year, a mandatory fine of $100 shall be imposed.
C. 
Each violation of a false alarm shall be a separate offense.
A. 
Any person who fails to comply with any provisions of this article shall be subject, upon pleading guilty or being found guilty after trial in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus, to a mandatory fine of $50.
B. 
Any alarm installer who fails to comply with the provisions set forth in §§ 153-12 and 153-13 of this article shall be subject, upon pleading guilty or being found guilty after trial in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Paramus, to a mandatory fine of $100.
The Chief of Police may promulgate written rules and regulations supplementing this article in order to provide for accurate recordkeeping and efficient management.
The Borough of Paramus, its various departments, agencies and officials shall be under no duty or obligation hereunder to any permittee or alarm console licensee or to any other person or persons, with respect to the adequacy, operation, installation, repair or maintenance of the alarm console and any associated equipment or services, and assumes no liability in connection therewith, the alarm console and equipment being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation by resolution duly adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Paramus, and any individual permit issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the Mayor and Council upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, provided that 30 days' notice is given in writing to such permittee. Any permit granted hereunder shall be accepted upon the express condition that the permittee shall indemnify and hold harmless the Borough of Paramus from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the Borough's management of the alarm console or permittee's alarm system.