City of Meriden, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 7-6-1998. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 60-1
Purpose. 

§ 60-2
Definitions. 

§ 60-3
Registration required. 

§ 60-4
Automatic telephone dialing alarms; audible signals; holdup alarms; false alarms. 

§ 60-5
Penalties for offenses. 

§ 60-6
Exceptions. 

§ 60-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide uniform minimum standards and regulations applicable to the users of burglar, fire, holdup, and automatic telephone dialer alarms and any other alarm or emergency signaling device within the City of Meriden which results in the dispatch and/or response of municipal emergency vehicles and/or personnel and to promote the responsible use of alarm systems in the City of Meriden.

§ 60-2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:

ALARM DEVICE
Any component incorporated into an alarm system.
ALARM SYSTEM
An assembly of equipment and devices, or a single device, arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which the Police Department and/or the Fire Department personnel are expected to respond. Specifically excluded from this definition are smoke or other battery-operated detectors which do not signal outside the alarmed premises and alarm systems installed in motor vehicles.
ALARM USER
Any person, firm or corporation on whose premises an alarm system is maintained.
AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING ALARM
An alarm system which automatically sends a prerecorded voice message or coded signal over the telephone line which indicates the existence of the emergency situation the alarm system is designed to detect.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system to which the Police Department and/or the Fire Department responds and which is not caused by a criminal act, fire or other emergency, but does not mean the activation of an alarm caused by circumstances which are attributed to acts of God.

§ 60-3 Registration required.

A. 

All existing alarm systems shall be registered with the Meriden Police Department within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter.

B. 

Any person, firm or corporation installing an alarm system shall register it with the Meriden Police Department at least 10 days prior to its anticipated activation.

§ 60-4 Automatic telephone dialing alarms; audible signals; holdup alarms; false alarms.

A. 

Automatic telephone dialing alarms.

(1) 

No person, firm or corporation shall install an automatic telephone dialing alarm which terminates at the Meriden Police Department and/or Meriden Fire Department, except as hereafter provided.

(2) 

Automatic telephone dialing alarms which exist on the effective date of this chapter which terminate at the Meriden Police Department and/or the Meriden Fire Department shall be disconnected within 60 days from the effective date of this chapter, except as hereafter provided.

(3) 

The Meriden Police Department and/or the Meriden Fire Department may, at its discretion, provide a telephone number to which an automatic telephone dialing alarm may be programmed. The cost of providing the telephone number shall be paid by the users of the automatic telephone dialing alarm.

B. 

No alarm system shall be installed which produces an audible signal which operates for a period greater than 30 minutes.

C. 

Any person, firm or corporation using the type of alarm system known as a "holdup alarm" shall comply with any special procedures set forth by the Police Chief or his designee.

D. 

False alarms.

(1) 

No fines, penalties or other charges shall be imposed on any alarm user for the first four false alarms within any one calendar year, but for each false alarm thereafter a fine, penalty or other charge shall be imposed in accordance with this chapter.

(2) 

Each separate premises of an alarm user, determined by a different street address and a different deed and/or title, shall be entitled to the same exemption of four false alarms within any one calendar year.

(3) 

An alarm user may be notified via first-class mail after three false alarms during any one calendar year so that corrective steps may be taken to eliminate the false alarm signals.

§ 60-5 Penalties for offenses.

A. 

An alarm user shall be fined by the City of Meriden, the Police Chief or the Fire Chief $25 for a single-family home or two-family home after four false alarms in one calendar year, for the fifth false alarm and subsequent false alarms. Each false alarm after four shall constitute a separate violation of the provisions of this chapter and shall be fined separately.

Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

B. 

An alarm user shall be fined by the City of Meriden, the Police Chief or the Fire Chief $100 for three-family homes, commercial users or industrial users after four false alarms in one calendar year. Each false alarm after four shall constitute a separate violation of the provisions of this chapter and shall be fined separately.

C. 

An alarm user shall be fined $75 for any of the following:

(1) 

A failure to register an alarm system in violation of § 60-3.

(2) 

The use of an automatic telephone dialing alarm in violation of § 60-4A.

(3) 

The use of an exterior audible alarm system which is in violation of § 60-4B.

(4) 

The use of a holdup alarm system as set forth in § 60-4C which does not comply with any special procedures set forth by the Police Chief.

D. 

The fines and penalties payable under this chapter shall be payable within 10 days after receipt of the invoice from the City of Meriden, Meriden Police Department or Meriden Fire Department.

E. 

Any penalty imposed by the provisions of this chapter may be waived or suspended at the discretion of the issuing authority if:

(1) 

The cause of the false alarms is beyond the control of the alarm user.

(2) 

The alarm user has demonstrated a good faith cooperative effort to resolve a recurring problem of indeterminate cause.

F. 

The appeal of any decision made by the issuing authority shall be made to the City Manager within 30 days of such decision. The decision of the City Manager or his designee shall be final.

§ 60-6 Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to alarm systems owned or controlled by the City of Meriden, the Meriden Board of Education, the State of Connecticut, or the United States of America.