[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Delran by Ord. No. 1991-16 (Ch. VIII of the 1993 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical, electrical or electronic device which is designed or used for the detection of an unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility; for alerting others about the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure or facility; or for alerting others about the existence of any other condition requiring response of police, and which emits and/or transmits an audible and/or visual signal or message when activated. "Alarm systems" include, but are not limited to, direct dial telephone devices, audible alarms, central station alarm, visual alarms and subscriber alarms.
- AUDIBLE ALARM
- A device that emits an audible signal from the premises that it is designed to protect.
- CENTRAL STATION
- A service that monitors the operation of an alarm system and relays information to the Police Department and/or other emergency numbers when the system is activated.
- DIRECT DIAL ALARM
- A device that when activated causes a recorded message to be transmitted via telephone to the police communications center, stating that emergency response is necessary.
- EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER
- The primary telephone number advertised to the public for requesting emergency services.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal necessitating response by the police where an emergency situation does not exist. An alarm that has been activated by an external source that is beyond the reasonable control of the subscriber shall not be considered false.
- The Delran Township Police Department.
- VISUAL ALARM
- A rotating or flashing light that when activated is intended to alert the observer that the premises on which it is affixed has been illegally entered.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons or other groups that maintain alarm systems within the Township to provide current information to the alarm system company consisting of the names and telephone numbers of the responsible persons who may be contacted in case of emergency, on a twenty-four-hour basis. This information is to be filed with the alarm system company when the alarm system is initially placed into service and must be revised immediately whenever changes are necessary. A copy of the information, including the name of the alarm system company, should be filed with the police.
Audible alarms must be silenced within 15 minutes after a designated responsible person is notified to do so by the police, or the alarm system may be equipped with a timing device that will automatically silence the audible alarm within 15 minutes after it is activated.
Direct dial alarms shall not be connected to the police emergency telephone number. Direct dial alarms must be equipped with a device that will prevent more than three repeated transmissions of an alarm for the same emergency to the police or dispatch service.
Upon the activation of a burglary (break in) alarm, there shall be a mandatory delay of at least 15 seconds before the transmission of a signal to the police to enable the user to abort the signal in the event that it was triggered inadvertently. This delay shall not be applicable to a robbery (holdup) or medical emergency alarm.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons or other groups that maintain alarm systems within the Township to prevent the transmission of false alarms through a program of training and periodic inspection and maintenance of the system. The maximum permissible number of false alarms from any one location shall be as follows:
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the general alerting alarms that may be used by fire companies, ambulance squads or emergency management agencies to summon response of their members. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles.
Fees for the installation and monitoring of alarm systems shall be as set forth in § 150-3A of this Code.
Any person or other group that is found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in § 1-5, Violations and penalties, of this Code. Each incident shall be considered as a separate violation. In addition to any penalty that may be ordered by the court, the Township Administrator may authorize the disconnection of subscriber alarms from the communications center after giving written notice to the subscriber.