[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw 9-20-1993 by L.L. No. 5-1993. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Automated Alarm Systems Law of the Village of Haverstraw."
The Police and Fire Departments of the Village of Haverstraw have reported to the Board of Trustees extraordinary numbers of false alarms emanating from automated alarm systems. These false alarms unnecessarily require that our Police and Volunteer Fire Departments respond in an emergency fashion to signals which should not have been created in the first place, depriving the citizens of this village from the sorely needed services of our emergency forces and expose the police and firemen to unnecessary hazards and risks. Therefore, it is the intent of this chapter to reduce the occurrence of false alarms and provide a mechanism whereby those responsible for the creation of these false alarms be dealt with in an appropriate fashion. It is not the intent to discourage the use of automated equipment, but rather to encourage the use of automated equipment that fulfills the function it is intended to perform.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
- ALARM DEVICE
- A mechanical, electrical or electronic device which when activated, will transmit a signal which is intended to create a response from either a Fire Department or Police Department, or other emergency service, whether or not the signal generated be audible, visible or electronic, and whether such signal be automatic or otherwise.
- ALARM INSTALLER
- Any person, firm, corporation or business entity which has installed and/or receives compensation for service or maintenance of a burglar or fire alarm device from a resident upon whose property the device has been installed, excluding motor vehicles.
- ALARM USER
- Any person, firm, corporation or business entity, upon whose premises or in whose motor vehicle an alarm device is installed or operating.
- FALSE ALARM
- A signal transmitted to either fire or police departments, or a central alarm station, or an outside audible signal indicating that a fire or criminal act or emergency is occurring, when in fact neither a criminal act or fire or emergency is occurring.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any car, truck, van, trailer or any other vehicle that requires registration pursuant to the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
- Any building, dwelling or residence on which an alarm device has been installed.
It shall be unlawful for any alarm installer to install an alarm device or system of alarm devices or an alarm user to own, have or maintain the same on a premises without registering the same with the Police or Fire Department, as applicable, within 10 days after the installation of said alarm devices. Said registration shall provide the following information:
The name, home address and telephone number of the owner(s).
The business address and telephone number of the owner(s).
The name, address and telephone number of any person living within the Village of Haverstraw who shall be deemed to be a caretaker, handyman or person watching the premises for the owner, if there be any such person.
The name, address and telephone number of the company which owns, leases, rents, installs and/or maintains the automatic fire alarm systems.
Each person submitting registration information shall receive an Alarm Device System Registration permit which must be prominently displayed on the premises where the alarm device system is located.
All existing alarm users must register their alarm device or system of alarm devices within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter.
This section shall not apply to motor vehicles.
[Amended 8-11-1997 by L.L. No. 4-1997]
Any alarm installer contracted to install an alarm device or system of alarm devices must be licensed by all applicable licensing authorities.
It shall be unlawful for any alarm user or alarm installer to permit or allow an alarm device to signal a false alarm whether intentionally or unintentionally, or whether due to malfunction or otherwise.
If an alarm device activates an outside audible signal, such outside audible signal cannot be broadcast for more than 30 minutes after initial activation.
[Amended 5-5-2014 by L.L. No. 6-2014]
First three false alarms within a twelve-month period: no charge; warning only by certified mail.
Fourth false alarm within a twelve-month period: a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250.
Fifth or subsequent conviction within a twelve-month period: a fine of not less than $250 nor more than $500 for each conviction.
[Amended 5-5-2014 by L.L. No. 6-2014]
The Police Department, Fire Inspector, Building Inspector and the Code Enforcement Officer shall have the power, right and authority to issue an appearance ticket for the violation of any section of this chapter.