Town of Wallingford, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wallingford 9-25-1984 by Ord. No. 324. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To provide minimum standards and regulations applicable to users of burglar, fire, holdup and automatic telephone dialer alarms; and to promote the responsible use of alarm systems in Wallingford.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
An assembly of equipment and devices, or a single device, arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which Police or Fire Department personnel are expected to respond. Excluded from this definition are smoke detectors which do not signal outside the alarmed premises and alarm systems on motor vehicles.
ALARM USER
Any person, firm or corporation on whose premises any alarm system is maintained.
AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING ALARM
An alarm system which automatically sends over regular telephone lines a prerecorded voice message or coded signal indicating the existence of the emergency situation the alarm system is designed to detect.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system to which the Police or Fire Department responds and which is not caused by a criminal act, fire or other emergency, but does not mean the activation of an alarm caused by circumstances normally attributed to Acts of God.
[Amended 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. 614]
Any person, firm or corporation wishing to install an alarm system on his, their or its premises shall register with the Wallingford Police Department at least 10 days prior to the anticipated installation.
[Amended 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. 614]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall install an automatic telephone dialing alarm terminating at the Wallingford Police or Fire Departments.
B. 
No fine or other charge shall be imposed on any alarm user for the first three false alarms within any one calendar year, but for each false alarm thereafter, a fine shall be imposed in accordance with this chapter. Each separate premises of an alarm user, distinguished by a different street address and by a different deed of title, shall be entitled to said three-false-alarm exemption.
C. 
An alarm user shall be notified after the second false alarm recorded during any one calendar year so that corrective steps may be taken to eliminate the false alarm signals.
D. 
The registration of an alarm user's alarm system may be suspended by the Chief of Police if, during any one calendar year, said system has generated 10 or more false alarms and no verifiable effort has been made by the alarm user to eliminate the false alarm signals.
[Amended 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. 614]
A. 
Any alarm user shall be fined $50 for the fourth and subsequent false alarms transmitted within any one calendar year. Such fine may be waived or suspended at the discretion of the enforcing authority if the cause of the false alarms is beyond the control of the alarm user and/or if said user demonstrates a cooperative effort to resolve a recurring problem of indeterminate cause; provided, however, that such waiver or suspension of fine shall not preclude suspensions provided in § 59-4D if such recurring false alarms continue to present a public nuisance.
B. 
Any alarm user shall be fined $100 for any of the following:
(1) 
Failure to register an alarm system.
This chapter shall not apply to alarm systems owned or controlled by the Town of Wallingford, including the Board of Education, the State of Connecticut or the United States of America.