Township of Little Falls, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Little Falls as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire alarms — See Ch. 82, Art. II.
Noise — See Ch. 136.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 147.
[Adopted 9-8-2008 by Ord. No. 1054]

§ 10-1 Legislative findings.

The Township Council of the Township of Little Falls finds that the existence within the Township of external audible alarm systems which do not contain automatic shutoff systems permits the continuing emission of loud alarm signals without termination and that, in the event of the unavailability of those able to control and terminate the alarm, persons in the vicinity are exposed to these loud noises for lengthy and indefinite periods without means of obtaining relief; that this condition is inimical to the public health and welfare and to the well-being of persons within the Township; and that lengthy emission of alarm signals is not necessary to the legitimate purposes of the property owner or occupant. The Township Council further finds that many residents and commercial entities have installed burglar, fire and other warning devices within their residence or buildings, and that false alarms from said devices requiring a response cause unnecessary expense and the unproductive diversion of personnel and equipment from their public safety function within the Township.

§ 10-2 Purpose.

The purpose of this article is to establish regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of certain alarm systems within the Township of Little Falls and to provide penalties for violations of any of the provisions set forth herein.

§ 10-3 Definitions.

For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
ALARM
Any mechanical or electric signal reporting by means of telephone cables or other means of transmission, which signals are reported to the Little Falls Police Division for investigation and/or action, or an audible alarm which is heard and/or called in by another and which signals, upon receipt or upon activation, indicate to the Police Department that any emergency exists at the sending location.
FALSE NOTIFICATION
Any report or request for service directed to the Little Falls Police Division by any means of any communication wherein the situation, condition, incident or emergency as subject of the report or request did not and does not exist.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, association, syndicate, company, firm, trust, corporation, department, bureau, agency, and/or other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
POLICE DIVISION
The Township of Little Falls Police Division.

§ 10-4 Enforcement.

The Little Falls Police Division shall have the power and duty to enforce the provisions of this article. All violations of this article shall be issued by a representative of the Little Falls Police Division, from the Township Citizen Complaint Book, and shall have a mandatory court appearance date. Furthermore, all complaints under this article shall be issued to either the owner or lessee in possession of any commercial or private premises, or both, in the discretion of the Little Falls Police Division.

§ 10-5 Prohibited acts.

It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, corporation, owner or lessee of any building in which an alarm has been installed to:
A. 
Cause, suffer, allow or permit the accidental or purposeful transmission or audible sounding of a false alarm signal for any public or private place in the Township.
B. 
Cause, suffer, allow or permit to be made any report or request for police assistance by means of communication where the situation, condition, incident, or emergency as subject of the report or request for police assistance did not and does not exist.

§ 10-6 Penalties for repeated false alarms; exception.

A. 
Penalties for false alarms transmitted from a multifamily residential complex, business, commercial, charitable and/or industrial premises shall be as follows:
[Amended 5-20-2013 by Ord. No. 1176]
Number of Alarms Within a Calendar Year
Penalty per Offense
First 5 alarms
$100
6th alarm
$500
In excess of 7 alarms
$1,000 per alarm
B. 
Penalties for false alarms transmitted from single-family detached dwellings, individual townhouses and condominium unit dwellings shall be as follows:
[Amended 5-20-2013 by Ord. No. 1176]
Number of Alarms Within a Calendar Year
Penalty per Offense
First 5 alarms
$50
6th alarm
$250
In excess of 7 alarms
$500 per alarm
C. 
However, notwithstanding the terms and provisions of § 10-6A and B above, any alarm call that is canceled prior to the Little Falls Police Division's arrival at the location of the alarm shall not be considered a false alarm.

§ 10-7 Penalties for interference with alarm systems.

Blocking access, interfering or tampering with or causing malicious damage to any alarm, system, unit or part thereof shall result in a penalty of $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and $1,000 for any third or subsequent offense.