Township of Swatara, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Swatara 12-8-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-8. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Volunteer Fire Department — See Ch. 27.
Police Department — See Ch. 60.
Noise — See Ch. 195.

§ 97-1 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the Fire Marshal or Police Department of the Township of Swatara to enforce the provisions of this chapter. Said duty shall be in addition to the duties of the Fire Marshal or Police Department that are prescribed by other ordinances, or by laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or rules and regulations of the various agencies and departments of the commonwealth.

§ 97-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any assembly of equipment, mechanical, electrical or battery-operated, arranged to signal the occurrence of a police, fire, hazard or medical emergency requiring urgent attention and to which police, fire or medical units are expected to respond.
BURGLAR AND FIRE ALARM EQUIPMENT
Any and all equipment utilized for the purpose of transmitting a signal or alarm pertaining to property or business located within Swatara Township to the attention of the Swatara Township Police and/or Fire Departments whether or not said equipment directly alerts Swatara Township Police and/or Fire Departments or alerts any other authorities responsible for relaying the alarm or alarms to the Swatara Township Police and/or Fire Departments.

§ 97-3 Maintenance of equipment.

The obligation for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of burglar and fire alarm equipment or systems shall be the full responsibility of the person having had the same installed or his successor utilizing said equipment.

§ 97-4 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful and a violation of this chapter for any person or persons, firm or corporation or other legal entity to commit the following:
A. 
Test a burglar or fire alarm system without prior notice to the Swatara Township Police and/or Fire Departments.
B. 
Send an alarm through a burglar or fire alarm system to test the response time of the Swatara Township Police and/or Fire Departments.
C. 
Intentionally or knowingly send or cause to be sent a false burglar or fire alarm.
D. 
Negligently cause an alarm to be sent or transmitted through a burglar or fire alarm system. It shall be deemed to be a negligent act to accidentally send a burglar or fire alarm when no burglary or fire is in fact occurring; it shall also be deemed to be negligent to fail to properly maintain and have burglar or fire alarm equipment in such a state of repair as results in the sending of a burglar or fire alarm due to mechanical failure or activation of the burglar or fire alarm system; provided, however, that it shall not be deemed negligence if a burglar or fire alarm signal is sent as a result of an act of God, e.g., lightning or other electrical surcharge not the fault of the installer or his successor; nor shall it be deemed to be negligence for a person reasonably believing a burglary or fire to be taking place to send or cause to be sent an alarm through a burglar or fire alarm system.

§ 97-5 False alarm response charge.

[Amended 2-8-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2]
A. 
Any owner of a police alarm, fire alarm, smoke detector or other type of alarm, and which alarm has a direct or indirect connection which calls for a response from the police or Fire Departments shall be charged a response charge in each calendar year, as follows:
First 3 alarms in period
No charge
Fourth alarm
$50
Fifth through 9th alarm
$100
Tenth through 19th alarm
$500
Twentieth alarm and any alarms thereafter
$1,000
B. 
Failure to pay the response charge within 30 days of written notice from the responding department shall result in prosecution as prescribed in § 97-6.

§ 97-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-8-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2]
Any person, persons, firm or corporation or having any other legal entity causing a false burglar or fire alarm to be sent or who otherwise violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, plus costs, or, in default of payment of such fine or costs, to undergo imprisonment of not more than 30 days. Every day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.