Township of Logan, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Logan as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 9-11-1990 by Ord. 22-1990]

§ 56-1 Key boxes required.

A. 
Key box requirement. All properties within the Township of Logan having an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box. Residential property shall be exempt from this requirement.
B. 
Key box type. The key box shall be of UL type and approved by the Logan Township Fire Marshal. The key box shall be installed in a location approved by the Logan Township Fire Marshal.
C. 
Key box contents. The key boxes shall contain the following:
(1) 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings.
(2) 
Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms.
(3) 
Keys to locked electrical rooms.
(4) 
Keys to elevator controls.
(5) 
Keys to other areas as directed by the Township Fire Marshal.
D. 
Time for compliance. All existing buildings shall comply within 12 months of the effective date of the ordinance codified in this article. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied, or buildings currently under construction shall comply immediately.
E. 
Penalties. Any building owner violating this article after notice from the Logan Township Fire Marshal shall be subject to a fine of $100.
[Adopted 11-19-1990 by Ord. 25-1990]

§ 56-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMATIC ALARM DEVICE
Any alarm system which communicates or transmits alarms or prerecorded messages of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril as a result of the activation of the system.
[Added 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 15-2009]
ACT OF GOD
An electrical storm, lightening or other power fluctuation or power surge beyond the control of the alarm system owner.
[Added 12-2-1991 by Ord. No. 14-1991]
FALSE ALARM
Any erroneous or unfounded communication or sound, whether caused by a malfunction of an automatic alarm device, power failure or inadvertence, negligence or intentional or unintentional act of any person, firm or corporation, either directly or indirectly, to a commercial alarm service or to any person causing the communication of peril to the Township of Logan Fire and/or Police Department.
[Amended 12-2-1991 by Ord. No. 14-1991; 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 15-2009]
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation owning an automatic alarm device within the scope of this article.
[Added 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 15-2009]
PROPERTY OWNER
Any individual, entity, corporation, tenant or other person having a legal interest in a property having an alarm system.

§ 56-3 False alarms unlawful.

It is unlawful for a property owner to have more than three false alarms at any one location in any calendar year.

§ 56-4 Investigation; recordkeeping.

[Amended 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 15-2009]
Any person having knowledge of alarm activation shall immediately notify the Logan Township Fire Department and/or Police Department. The Police and/or Fire Department shall cause an investigation to be made of all alarm activations, and a record of same shall be kept on file.

§ 56-5 Prevention.

It shall be the responsibility of all persons that maintain alarm systems within the Township to prevent the transmission of false alarms through training programs, periodic inspection and maintenance of the alarm system.

§ 56-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 12-2-1991 by Ord. No. 14-1991; 3-16-1999 by Ord. No. 3-1999; 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 15-2009]
A. 
For burglar alarms, the first through third false alarms in one calendar year, the Logan Township Police Chief shall issue warning letters to the property owner, and a record of same shall be kept on file.
B. 
For burglar alarms, the fourth false alarm, a fine of $250, plus court costs, shall be payable to the Township of Logan.
C. 
For each burglar alarm violation thereafter, fines shall be imposed in accordance with the schedule of fines listed in Subsection H, plus court costs.
D. 
For fire alarms, The Logan Township Fire Marshal or Fire Department representative will issue a false alarm warning for all false alarms to the person on location representing the business. A copy of this form will be reviewed by the Fire Marshal. There shall be a fine as indicated in Subsection H to be paid by the owner of the business located upon the premises where the alarm is situated beginning with the fourth and each subsequent false alarm thereafter in any calendar year.
E. 
A record of all false fire alarms shall be kept on file for all fire alarms in the office of the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
F. 
Failure to pay a fire alarm penalty will result in a written complaint from the Logan Township Bureau of Fire to the Township of Logan Municipal Court for collection of penalties.
G. 
False alarm activations determined after investigation by the Police and/or Fire Department to be caused by an act of God shall not be penalized per the violation schedule.
H. 
Violations and penalties for false burglar and fire alarms shall be imposed in accordance with the schedule of fines below, plus court costs:
(1) 
First through third: No fine.
(2) 
On the fourth alarm a penalty of $250.
(3) 
On the fifth alarm a penalty of $300.
(4) 
On the sixth alarm a penalty of $350.
(5) 
On the seventh alarm a penalty of $400.
(6) 
On the eighth alarm a penalty of $450.
(7) 
On the ninth alarm a penalty of $500.
(8) 
On the 10th alarm a penalty of $550.
(9) 
On the 11th alarm a penalty of $600.
(10) 
On the 12th alarm a penalty of $650.
(11) 
On the 13th alarm a penalty of $700.
(12) 
On the 14th alarm a penalty of $750.
(13) 
On the 15th alarm a penalty of $800.
(14) 
On the 16th alarm a penalty of $850.
(15) 
On the 17th alarm a penalty of $900.
(16) 
On the 18th alarm a penalty of $950.
(17) 
On the 19th alarm a penalty of $1,000.

§ 56-7 Disconnection of alarm.

When an investigation by the Logan Township Police Department reveals a continued abuse of the privilege of having an alarm system within the Township and a disregard of the owner for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Chief of Police reserves the right to disconnect any alarm system after giving notification in writing to the owner. All persons, firms or corporations so notified may appeal to the Township Council for a final decision.

§ 56-8 Exceptions.

The provisions of this article shall not apply to the general alerting alarms that may be used by fire companies, ambulance squads or other municipal agencies to summon response of their members. The provisions of this article shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles.