[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Gibbsboro 5-21-1985 by Ord. No. 85-8 (Ch. 47 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of certain alarm systems within the Borough of Gibbsboro and to provide penalties, upon conviction, for violation of any of the provisions set forth herein.
For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
- 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 or for alerting others about the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure or facility or for any other condition requiring the response of police, fire or ambulance personnel and which emits and/or transmits an audible and/or visual signal or message when actuated. Alarm systems include, but are not limited to, direct-dial telephone devices, audible alarms and subscriber alarms.
- The Borough of Gibbsboro.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal, necessitating a response by the Gibbsboro 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.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, entities, firms, corporations or other groups that maintain alarm systems within the Borough to provide current information to the police consisting of the names and telephone numbers of responsible persons who may be contacted in the case of an emergency or who are authorized to provide service to the alarm system, either must be on a twenty-four-hour basis. This information is to be filed with the police when the alarm system is initially placed into service and must be revised immediately whenever changes are necessary.
Audible alarms must be silenced within 60 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 60 minutes after it is actuated.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, entities, firms, corporations or other groups that maintain alarm systems within the Borough to prevent the transmission of false alarms through a program of training and through periodic inspection and maintenance of the system.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the general alerting alarms that may be used by fire companies, ambulance squads or civil defense agencies to summon the response of their members. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles.
Any person, entity, firm, corporation or other group that is found guilty of violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties in Chapter 1, Article I, General Penalty. Each incident shall be considered as a separate violation. In addition to any penalty that may be ordered by the court, the Chief of Police may authorize the disconnection of subscriber alarms from the communications center after giving written notice to the subscriber.
The provisions contained herein shall apply equally to those alarm systems that were placed in service prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this chapter.