Township of Hanover, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hanover 5-24-1984 by Ord. No. 11-84. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 184.
[Amended 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations governing various types of intrusion, security and fire emergency alarm devices which, by direct line, activate an alarm display panel or telephone dialer at the Township's police headquarters or activation of an alarm from a central station requiring a response from the Police Department and/or Whippany Fire Department and/or Cedar Knolls Fire Department.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device designed to summon the police to any location in response to an alarm signal. The terms of this chapter shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private source to other offices within or without the Township of Hanover so long as such activity is not connected to the alarm display panel at police headquarters, except, however, that any person having a premises protected by an alarm device shall still be responsible for the registration thereof in accordance with § 78-6A.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM DEVICE
Any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm panel providing warning of intrusion or fire.
ALARM DISPLAY PANEL
That component in the console containing noncoded intrusion, security and fire alarm indications and designations.
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any alarm device or combination of devices installed for one or more buildings at a location other than the communications console.
COMMUNICATIONS CONSOLE
The console or control panel of devices giving visual and audible indications and general communication and located within the confines of the police headquarters of the Township of Hanover.
DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE
Limited to a member of the Police Department of the Township of Hanover.
DIAL ALARM
That type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly through the police switchboard.
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence, unintentional or intentional act of someone other than an intruder or by fire, and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment, but shall not include alarms created by malfunctioning of the alarm display panel.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Whippany Fire Department and/or the Cedar Knolls Fire Department and/or the Cedar Knolls Fire Department First Aid Squad.
[Added 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
LICENSEE
The person owning and maintaining the alarm display panel located within the confines of police headquarters.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm or device which, when actuated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm display panel, such as store burglar alarms actuating audible devices.
PERMITTEE
Any person owning or leasing an alarm device or a local alarm within the scope of this chapter.
PERSON
Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
A. 
The licensee will be responsible at no cost to the Township of Hanover for the establishment, construction and installation of said panel, containing equipment and being of a design approved by the Township Committee, and for the care, maintenance and management thereafter of said panel and the relocation of said panel, if necessary, under the supervision of the Chief of Police or his designated representative, at no cost to the Township of Hanover.
B. 
Any connection to the alarm panel shall be of a type inspected and approved by the Chief of Police or his designated representative, and any person aggrieved by said decision may appeal said decision, in writing, within 10 days to the Township Administrator.
C. 
No fee shall be charged to the Township of Hanover or any of its departments or boards, the Hanover Township Board of Education, the Hanover Park Regional High School District, the Cedar Knolls Fire Department, the Cedar Knolls First Aid Squad, the Whippany Fire Department and the Hanover Sewerage Authority for monthly charges or console connection charges for any existing alarms in various municipal or municipal-related agency buildings and school facilities, and any equipment alarm devices installed by the alarm panel licensee in such buildings shall be at wholesale cost, exclusive of labor charges.
[Amended 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
D. 
All alarms installed under this chapter shall have an automatic cutoff of no more than 30 minutes.
The applicant shall have adequate personnel available on a twenty-four-hour basis to serve said alarm panel and ancillary equipment.
A. 
Any person, firm or corporation which owns or operates an alarm device or a local alarm (each to guard against intrusion or fire, but excluding self-contained smoke detectors with an indoor audible signal) shall make application in writing to the Chief of Police, which application shall contain at least the location of the device, the name of the installer of said device and the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Chief of Police.
B. 
All local alarms with outdoor audible signals shall be registered, but no fee shall be charged therefor.
The Township of Hanover shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee hereunder or to any alarm panel licensee hereunder, the alarm panel and allied equipment being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation of the system by resolution duly adopted by the Township Committee, and any individual permit issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the Township Committee upon recommendation of the Township Administrator and Chief of Police, provided that 30 days' notice is given, in writing, to said permittee.
Dial alarm devices shall only be connected to police headquarters on telephone lines designated by the Chief of Police. Said dial alarm devices shall be registered as specified in § 78-6A of this chapter.
Local alarm devices having an audible alarm installed out of doors shall be designed to limit the operation of a bell or sound-producing instrument to a maximum of 30 minutes after activation. If the duration of an activated audible device of a local alarm exceeds 30 minutes, the warnings and penalties provided by §§ 78-11 and 78-12 of this chapter shall apply as though a false alarm had been activated.
Any licensee for the alarm panel and any permittee utilizing the services of an alarm company connecting said panel shall provide for a representative to be on call at all times, and such service shall be provided within eight hours of notification by the Police Department of any malfunction of any equipment.
A. 
Penalties for false alarms.
[Amended 7-9-1987 by Ord. No. 23-87; 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
(1) 
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge of such a false alarm shall immediately notify police headquarters. In addition, in the case of false alarms, the Chief of Police and/or the Fire Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said alarms on file in the Police Department’s Records Bureau. The following penalties shall be imposed for false alarms upon the permittees (i.e., owners, operators or lessees) of any alarm systems connected to and/or monitored by the Police Department at Police Headquarters in any calendar year:
(a) 
For the first through the third false alarm: a warning notice without penalty;
(b) 
For the fourth through the eighth false alarm: a fine of $100; and
(c) 
For nine or more subsequent false alarms: a fine of $250.
(2) 
All fines must be paid to the Township of Hanover within 30 business days of receipt of notification of a false alarm(s).
B. 
Upon written certification from the Chief of Police or his designated representative of each false alarm violation, the office of the Township Clerk/Administrator shall send written notification to the permittee of the imposition of each penalty. All false alarm penalties shall be made payable through the office of the Township Clerk/Administrator.
C. 
Where the investigation of the Police Department discloses continued abuse of a dial alarm or the privilege of connection to the alarm display panel and a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Chief of Police reserves the right to require disconnection from the alarm panel or to require that dial alarms not dial the switchboard at police headquarters for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit or registrations shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee an opportunity to show cause before the Chief of Police why such action should not be taken.
D. 
Additional penalties.
[Added 6-22-1989 by Ord. No. 17-89]
(1) 
Penalties for false alarms through security firm or entity; disbursements.
[Amended 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
(a) 
When the Police Department and/or Fire Department is contacted by a security firm or entity which is responsible for monitoring and/or maintaining an alarm display panel for a private entity and the Police Department and/or Fire Department responds to the alarm location and it is determined by the responding officers that the alarm is false, as defined in § 78-3 of this chapter, the following penalty fines shall be imposed against the permittees (i.e., owners, operators or lessees) of the alarm system in any calendar year:
[1] 
For the first through the third false alarm: a warning notice without penalty;
[2] 
For the fourth through the eight false alarm: a fine of $100; and
[3] 
For nine or more subsequent false alarms: a fine of $250.
(b) 
All fines must be paid to the Township of Hanover within 30 business days of receipt of notification of a false alarm(s).
(2) 
Disbursement of penalties. The Township of Hanover and the Whippany and Cedar Knolls Fire Departments shall equally share the receipt of penalties received by the Township for each false alarm call in which the Police Department and/or one or both Fire Departments respond to a property in the Township. Such disbursements shall be made by the Finance Department and/or Township Clerk.
[Amended 10-9-2008 by Ord. No. 27-08]
(3) 
This subsection shall be enforced by the Township Clerk and/or the Township Police Department.
Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by order from the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this chapter, and any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this chapter, and each and every day that said equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation. Any permittee shall, by acceptance of the permit, be deemed as having consented to inspection of the premises on which said alarm devices are installed, at reasonable hours by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
Each connection to the alarm display panel at police headquarters shall be tested by the licensee to verify conformance to the requirements of this chapter and compatibility with the licensee's alarm system.
The licensee shall notify the Chief of Police or his designated representative in writing three days prior to disconnecting any alarm from the alarm display panel.
[Amended 7-11-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91]
The fees for subscribers shall be as provided in Chapter 125, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover.
A condition prerequisite to the issuance of a permit or license pursuant to this chapter shall be the obligation of each permittee and the alarm contractor of such permittee and each licensee to agree, in writing, to indemnify and save harmless the Township of Hanover and its agents, servants and employees, including but not limited to members of the Police Department of the Township, from and on account of any and all damages arising from or as a result of any and all phases of the operation of any such permittee, alarm contractor and alarm panel licensee. Additionally, it shall be a further condition precedent to the issuance of a permit or license that each permittee, alarm contractor and licensee agree, in writing, to indemnify and save harmless the Township of Hanover and its agents, servants and employees, including the members of the Police Department of the Township, from and on account of any and all damages arising from or as a result of any forced entry by police personnel into unattended premises occurring during alarm response.
The Township Administrator may, from time to time, promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this chapter in order to provide for recordkeeping and the efficient management of said system.
[Amended 7-11-1991 by Ord. No. 16-91]
Any person, firm or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court of the Township of Hanover for violation of the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days, or both.