Township of Lower Salford, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Salford 7-22-1999 by Ord. No. 99-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 12.
Intermunicipal police assistance — See Ch. 33.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 123.

§ 50-1 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Lower Salford Township Alarm Ordinance."

§ 50-2 Authority.

This chapter is deemed expedient and necessary for the maintenance of peace, good government and the welfare of Lower Salford Township within the meaning of Clause LXII, Section 702, of the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 66506.

§ 50-3 Purpose and intent.

This chapter is intended to serve the following purposes:
A. 
To encourage owners of automatic fire, security and emergency detection and alarm devices to maintain such devices properly in order to prevent false alarms.
B. 
To discourage false alarms which unnecessarily divert police, fire and emergency services from legitimate demands for service.

§ 50-4 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:
FALSE ALARM
Any signal activated by an automatic fire, security or emergency detection or alarm device, any audible alarm or any other kind of direct or indirect signal to which police, Fire Department or emergency response agencies respond and find that there is no indication of an attempt at illegal entry, burglary, intrusion, fire, medical or other similar emergency, excluding weather extremes and utility interruptions which activate such devices.
TOWNSHIP
Lower Salford Township.

§ 50-5 False alarms prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for the property owner, lessee or other person occupying or otherwise on any premises within the Township to make, permit or cause a false alarm to occur, directly or indirectly, to any Police Department, Fire Company or emergency response agency.

§ 50-6 Violations and penalties.

A. 
A person that owns, uses or possesses an alarm device or automatic dialing device may not, after causing or permitting three false alarms to occur in a consecutive twelve-month period, cause or permit a subsequent false alarm to occur in the same consecutive twelve-month period. A person who violates this subsection commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300.
B. 
The fine shall be paid to the municipality when the public safety agency which responded to the false alarm serves the municipality and the prosecution is initiated by the public safety agency or the municipality.