Village of Cazenovia, NY
Madison County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Cazenovia at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 115.

§ 45-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the content requires otherwise, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
Any signal or other communication transmitted to the Police Department that results in a police response to a building where there exists no robbery, burglary, other crime or violation of law or no fire, medical or other emergency requiring police attention. A signal transmitted to the police desk that is promptly followed by a phone call to the Police Department to cancel a police response will not constitute a false alarm. A signal transmitted to the police desk caused by power outages, wind, rain, lightning or other inclement weather will not constitute a false alarm. Repeated false signals or other communication transmitted to the Police Department occurring within a twelve-hour period after the first signal or communication will not constitute additional false alarms.

§ 45-2 Prohibition against excessive false alarms.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant of any real property in the Village of Cazenovia to permit an alarm system to generate a false signal or to become activated by error more than three times during any consecutive twelve-month period.

§ 45-3 Records; notification; assessment of fines.

The Police Department shall be responsible for recording, documenting and maintaining records relating to false alarms. After the second alarm occurring in any consecutive twelve-month period, the Police Department shall cause a letter to be sent, by certified mail, to the property owner, lessee and occupant notifying said individual or individuals that after the next false alarm, summonses will be issued for each additional occurrence of a false alarm, and, if convicted upon such summonses, fines will be assessed.

§ 45-4 Penalties for excessive false alarm offenses.

A. 
There shall be no penalty for up to three false alarms within any consecutive twelve-month period.
B. 
Four or more false alarms within any twelve-month period shall constitute both an offense against the provisions contained in § 45-2 and a violation under the Penal Law which shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, according to the following fine schedule:
(1) 
Four through 10 false alarms: imposition of a mandatory fine of $25 for each occurrence of a false alarm subsequent to the third false alarm and prior to the eleventh false alarm occurring within any consecutive twelve-month period.
(2) 
Eleven through 15 false alarms: imposition of a mandatory fine of $50 for each occurrence of a false alarm subsequent to the tenth false alarm and prior to the sixteenth false alarm occurring within any consecutive twelve-month period.
(3) 
Sixteen or more false alarms: imposition of a mandatory fine of $100 for each occurrence of a false alarm subsequent to the fifteenth false alarm occurring within any consecutive twelve-month period.

§ 45-5 Prohibitions on audible alarms.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, lessee or occupant of any real property in the Village of Cazenovia to:
A. 
Install, maintain or use, upon said real property, an audible burglar alarm or fire alarm that is not provided with a device that will automatically shut off such alarm after 15 minutes of continuous sound audible beyond the boundaries of such real property; or
B. 
Suffer or permit such burglar alarm or fire alarm to emit sound audible beyond the boundaries of such real property for a continuous period of more than 15 minutes, whether or not said alarm has been equipped with the automatic shutoff device hereinabove required.

§ 45-6 Penalties for audible alarm offenses.

An offense against the provisions contained in § 45-5 of this chapter shall constitute a violation under the Penal Law and shall be punishable, upon conviction thereof, by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both. Each twenty-four-hour period of continued violation of § 45-5 shall constitute a separate additional violation.