[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Newburgh 7-16-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and controls of the various types of intrusion, holdup and other emergency signals from police alarm devices that require police response, investigation and safeguarding of property at the location of an event reported by any signal transmitted, telephoned, radioed or otherwise relayed to the police by an alarm device or by any person acting in response to a signal actuated by an alarm device.
The Town Board hereby declares that the legislative intent of this chapter is to apply its provisions to any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity that is in the business of owning, operating, maintaining or installing a police alarm device or devices, a dial alarm device or devices or a system of police alarm devices or dial alarm devices designed to summon the police to any location in response to a signal or other transmission generated or produced by such devices.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- ALARM INSTALLATION
- Any police alarm device or aggregation of police alarm devices installed on or within a single building or on or within more than one (1) building or area adjacently located on a common site at a specific location.
- CENTRAL ALARM SYSTEM
- Any facility operated by a private firm that owns or leases a system of police alarm devices, which facility is manned at all times by trained operators employed to receive, record and validate alarm signals and to relay information about such validated signals to the police radio dispatch room when appropriate.
- DIAL ALARM
- Any police alarm device which is a telephone device or telephone attachment that automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station and reproduces a prerecorded message to report a criminal act or other emergency requiring police response.
- DIRECT ALARM
- Any police alarm device connected directly by leased telephone wires from a specific location to the police radio dispatch room.
- HOLDUP ALARM
- Any police alarm device actuated by a holdup robbery at a specific location or actuated by a victim of a holdup robbery at a specific location.
- Any entry into an area or building equipped with one (1) or more police alarm devices by any person or object whose entry actuates a police alarm device.
- POLICE ALARM DEVICE
- Any device, when actuated by a criminal act or other emergency requiring police response, which transmits a prerecorded message or other signal by telephone, radio or other means to a central alarm station or directly to the police radio dispatch room or produces an audible or visible signal designed to notify persons within audible or visible range of the signal.
- POLICE COMMUNICATION FACILITIES
- The police radio dispatch room and other enclosures housing privately or publicly owned equipment serving the police radio dispatch room.
Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any business, firm, corporation or other commercial entity to operate, maintain or install a police alarm device or devices, a dial alarm device or devices or system of police alarm devices or dial alarm devices, as defined by the terms of this chapter, without written permission of the Chief of Police.
Limitation. No police alarm device which transmits a prerecorded message or other signal directly to the police communication facilities shall be connected to or use a public primary telephone trunk line.
Change of location. If the location of the police communication facilities should be changed at any time, permittees under this chapter shall not attempt to charge the Town of Newburgh with any resulting cost of moving alarm systems or any parts thereof.
Installation and maintenance costs. All costs and recurring charges incurred in the installation and maintenance of systems permitted by this chapter in police communication facilities shall be borne by the permittee.
Rules and regulations. The Chief of Police may promulgate rules and regulations that may reasonably be necessary for the purposes of assuring the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of police alarm devices, holdup alarms, dial alarms and alarm installations owned, operated, maintained, installed or sold by a permittee under this chapter and of administering and enforcing the provisions of this chapter.
Central alarm station systems. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to prescribe the location and the manner of installation of a private or a regular business telephone line installed in the police radio dispatch room from a central alarm station for the express purpose of providing direct telephone communication between a permittee and the Police Department for use to report a police alarm.
Direct alarm systems. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to prescribe the location and the manner of installation of all connections and equipment, cabinets and accessories of an approved direct alarm system within the police communication facilities for the purpose of providing a direct alarm system where the visible and audible signals therefrom may be readily seen and heard by police personnel.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to determine whether space for dial alarm systems is available within the police communication facilities.
[Amended 6-19-1978 by L.L. No. 2-1978]
The fee which shall be paid by the permittee to the Town Clerk for the privilege of utilizing a police alarm device connected directly to police communication facilities shall be as prescribed by Chapter 104, Fees, of the Town of Newburgh Municipal Code.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding fifteen (15) days, or both.