[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Saukville 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 389 as Sec. 3.07 of the 1985 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry on the premises, unlawful act or any emergency that alerts a municipal organization of its commission or occurrence or, when actuated, gives a signal, visual, audible or both, or transmits or causes to be transmitted a signal.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal from an alarm system that alerts any municipal organization of the village that results in an emergency response from that group when a situation of emergency does not exist.
- Any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity.
All installation, inspection and maintenance fees shall be paid by the applicant.
If a central board is located in the police or fire stations or the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department, all systems coming in shall be compatible with this board and the current staffing of the above departments, and shall be installed and approved by a qualified alarm systems person approved by the village. All costs of such installation to be paid by the applicant.
All persons that install alarm systems in the village shall be required to assure some type of response if the alarm is actuated. This response is necessary in order to reset or gain entrance to the building.
All persons having alarms shall have some type of device attached to the alarm that will automatically shut the alarm off after 15 minutes or have some other sure means of turning the alarm off.
All alarm systems shall be equipped with batteries in case of power failure.
No person shall install an alarm system in a commercial building or use or possess an operative alarm system without having a permit in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
No person owning, using or possessing an alarm system shall cause or permit the giving of repeated false alarms, whether intentional, accidental or otherwise.
Certain alarm systems include a dialer so that when the system is activated, the dialer automatically dials the fire, police or emergency services and repeatedly gives a recorded message. No person shall have installed or operate such an automatic dialer that selects a municipal service trunk line going into a village building. Any system in operation on the effective date of this section shall be so modified so that it is no longer in violation or be disconnected not later than 60 days after this section is adopted.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by Ord. No. 565]
The penalties for false alarms shall be as follows:
The first false alarm will require a written report from the company explaining the details for the malfunction. This report shall be due within three working days from the occurrence. Failure to supply the report shall result in a forfeiture of $25 from the person using the alarm system.
The second false alarm within one year will require an inspection of the alarm system by a certified alarm system technician and the filing of a report by the technician within five working days from the occurrence. Failure to supply the report shall result in a forfeiture of $50 from the person using the alarm system.
The third to fifth false alarms shall result in a forfeiture of $75 from the person using the alarm system.
The sixth and any subsequent violations shall result in a forfeiture of $100 from the person using the alarm system.
After six violations within a one year period, the alarm system shall be subject to disconnection and the revocation of the permit.
A year shall commence upon the first false alarm on each system.
Any new system installed after the first 60 days following passage of this section shall be exempt from penalty for a period of 60 days from date of installation.
Hearing. Before a permit which is issued pursuant to this chapter may be revoked and the alarm system disconnected, a hearing before the Public Safety Committee must be held. Notice setting forth time, place and nature of the hearing shall be sent by mail or delivered to the permittee at the address shown on the permit application not less than seven days prior to the hearing.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-19 of this Code.
Each violation and each day a violation continues or occurs shall constitute a separate offense. Nothing in this chapter shall preclude the village from maintaining any appropriate action to prevent or remove a violation of any provision of this chapter.