[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 3-19-2003 by Ord. No. 8-03 (Ch. 3 of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the establishment and maintenance of an efficient, effective and uniform police and fire alarm system within the Township of Jefferson and to provide standards and regulations for alarm equipment, devices or systems to be installed or connected with or to the police panel alarm system at police headquarters in Jefferson, or otherwise installed or connected so as to elicit a response by the Jefferson Township Police Department or, through the Police Department, the Fire Department or other municipal agency.
The provisions of the chapter shall apply to any person who installs, connects, operates, maintains, services or owns any alarm equipment, device or system, including local and central station alarms, designed to summons the Police Department or, through the Police Department, the Fire Department or other municipal agency to any location within the Township of Jefferson in response to any type of call, signal, alarm or preprogrammed, prerecorded message.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CENTRAL STATION ALARM
- Any type of equipment, device or system which is connected to a private alarm company monitoring station which monitors alarm activations at their subscriber locations. Upon alarm activation, and in the event that no person can be reached at the location or the person reached fails to properly respond with the correct code word or number, such company will contact the police to respond to the location.
- DIGITAL DIALER SYSTEM
- Any type of equipment, device or system using telephone wires to activate an audible alarm at the police communication desk and provide both an information readout and a printout.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any activation of an alarm system, whether intentional or unintentional, by failure, malfunction, accidental tripping, misoperation, misuse, inadvertence or negligence by the subscribers, their employees or agents.
- INSTALLER'S LICENSE
- The license issued by the Chief of Police of Jefferson Township permitting a person to engage in, manage, conduct or carry on the business of installing, leasing, connecting, maintaining, servicing, repairing, arranging, adjusting, replacing, moving and programming, in any building, place or premises in the Township of Jefferson, any alarm, equipment or device designed to summon the Police Department or, through the Police Department, the Fire Department or other municipal agency.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any type of equipment, device or system which, when actuated, produces a signal or alarm not connected to the police panel alarm system such as a store, burglar or intrusion alarm actuating a bell, horn or other sounding device, for the purpose of summoning the Police Department or, through the Police Department, the Fire Department or other municipal agency to the location thereof and in response thereto.
- Includes any natural person, partnership, firm, corporation or association.
- POLICE PANEL ALARM SYSTEM
- That system giving a visual or audio response, or both, on the control panel of the police console located within the confines of the Police Department of the Township of Jefferson, monitored by the Police Department and which includes the subscriber modules, the control modules, the control cabinets, the energy pack and all necessary and accessory equipment, wires and connections therein and thereto.
- TAPE DIAL ALARM
- Any type of equipment, device or system, preprogrammed or automatic, using telephone wires to transmit any alarm, message, signal or report directly through or to the Police Department switchboard for the purpose of summoning the Police Department or other municipal agency to any location within the Township of Jefferson in response thereto.
- TOWNSHIP COUNCIL
- The Council of the Township of Jefferson.
No person shall install, connect or maintain or cause to be installed, connected or maintained any alarm equipment, device or system in or to the police headquarters in the Township of Jefferson for the purpose of transmitting a signal or alarm or reporting a signal, alarm or prerecorded message to the attention of the Police Department for the purpose of summoning the Police Department or, through the Police Department, the Fire Department or other municipal agency in response thereto, without first having made application and been issued a one-time permit therefor in accordance with the provisions of the chapter and the rules, regulations and procedures hereinafter established and provided thereunder.
No person shall install, connect or maintain or cause to be installed, connected or maintained any local or central station alarm without first having registered the same with the Chief of Police, as hereinafter provided.
All applications for the issuance of a permit required under this chapter shall be made in writing to the Chief of Police on a form provided therefor and shall be accompanied by an application and processing fee of $25.
Said application, among other information which may from time to time be required or prescribed by the Chief of Police, shall contain the name, address and telephone number of the applicant, the name, address and phone number of each of the premises and customers or person to be served by the proposed installation or connection, location of the device, alarm equipment or system, the name of the installer, the type of device, alarm equipment or system provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures and a list of persons to be contacted in event of alarm.
Upon application for a permit, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made, and thereafter, provided the applicant has complied with all of the terms of this chapter and the rules and regulations made, promulgated and adopted pursuant thereto, shall issue the permit.
Permit fees for an existing alarm system shall be waived.
No permit shall be granted except upon the following terms and conditions:
Applicant shall furnish and complete all information required relating to the application and the alarm, equipment, device or system to be installed or connected and data relating to prevention of false alarms and testing procedures.
No person other than applicant and his agent and employees shall exercise the privileges under the permit.
Applicant shall maintain his equipment in good condition and repair.
No permit shall be transferred or assigned in any manner.
The permit is accepted upon the express condition the permittee shall indemnify and hold the Township of Jefferson harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the activities of the permittee or its alarm contractor.
Each separate building, store, premises, place or location shall require a separate permit and a separate installation or connection to the police panel alarm system.
The applicant or permittee upon acceptance of such permit, thereby agrees to hold and save harmless the Township of Jefferson, its agents or employees from any liability whatsoever in connection with any such alarm, equipment, device or system or the operation and maintenance of the same which shall be the sole responsibility of the person having had the same installed or connected.
All local and central station devices, alarms, equipment or systems shall be registered with the Chief of Police, and all information required with respect to such registration shall be provided and information kept current by the registrant. All residents and business owners with existing local and central station devices, alarms, equipment or systems shall have one year from the adoption of this chapter to register said alarm system.
Any permit issued under the provisions of this chapter may be suspended or revoked by the Chief of Police or Township Fire Marshal for any violations of or failure to comply with the provisions of this chapter or any rule or regulation promulgated by the Chief of Police and approved by the Township Council pursuant to this chapter, including the following:
The permittee, his agent or employee willfully failed to and did not comply with a request by a member of the Police Department to proceed immediately to the location of permittee's alarm and render necessary services.
The permittee, his agents or employees knowingly installed or maintained a faulty system alarm device. An inordinate number of false alarms shall be prima facie evidence that such alarm device is knowingly a faulty device.
The permittee has breached the terms and conditions of the permit. No permit shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee 30 days' notice in writing of such action and an opportunity to show cause before the Chief of Police why such action should not be taken. Any person aggrieved by the action or determination of the Chief of Police in the denial of a permit or in the suspension or revocation of any permit provided for in this chapter may appeal to the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson.
No permit shall be issued for the installation, connection, operation, maintenance, service or ownership of any tape dial alarm, equipment or device. Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this section. Any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this section, and each day the equipment is in operation shall be considered separate violation.
All alarm systems utilizing an outside audible/signaling device shall not be active for more than 15 minutes in duration. All such alarms shall have an automatic silencing device that shall deactivate any outside audible/signaling device. Any such system that does not have aforesaid silencing device shall be deemed in violation of this chapter.
The Township of Jefferson shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee hereunder or any other licensee hereunder for any of the police panel alarm system equipment or any other equipment device or system connected thereto, the same being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation of the system by resolution duly adopted by the council of the Township of Jefferson. However, any individual permit or license issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the Chief of Police as hereinabove provided.
Notwithstanding payment of any fees and/or the receiving or issuance of any permit or registrations as herein required, the Police Department of the Township of Jefferson shall not be under any obligation whatsoever concerning the installation or connection or adequacy, operation or maintenance of the alarm, equipment, device or system so installed or connected, and the Township of Jefferson and its authorized agents hereby assume no liability whatsoever for any failure of such alarm, equipment, device or system, failure to respond to any such alarm or transmittals or for any act of omission or commission as a result of any such alarm, equipment, device or system; and the obligation for the maintenance and upkeep of such alarm equipment, device, and system, except for the equipment installed in police headquarters, shall be the sole responsibility of the person having had the same installed or connected.
For the equipment, device and systems installed or connected within the Township of Jefferson, the permittee shall pay whatever charges are required by any alarm company making such installation and, in addition thereto, the permit fee hereinbefore provided.
The subscriber shall be accountable for false alarms caused by the equipment failure or malfunction of the alarm system installed by the subscriber's alarm installer or the subscriber's alarm maintenance company.
Subscriber shall not be held accountable for false alarms caused by severe weather conditions, electrical malfunctions, malfunctions of the alarm console located at police headquarters, malfunction of telephone lines used to transport the alarm signal over which the subscriber or the subscriber's alarm installer or maintenance company have no control or by the tripping of an alarm by other than the subscriber which is done with malicious intent.
In the case of a false alarm by any type of device regulated in this chapter, including local and central station alarms, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department in a manner to be prescribed by rules and regulations herein made and provided. In addition, in the case of a false alarm, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said false alarms on file. The Police Department shall record and keep a log for all false alarms. For such false alarms, the following penalties are prescribed:
For first false alarm, a verbal warning shall be issued.
For the second false alarm, a written warning shall be issued.
For the third false alarm, and any subsequent false alarms within a one-hundred-and-eighty-day period, a minimum fine of $100, up to a maximum fine of $500.
[Amended 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 25-07]
Where an alarm device is connected to the police panel alarm system and the investigation of the Police Department discloses continued abuse of the privileges of such connection and a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Township Council reserves the right to require disconnection from the police panel alarm system for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit 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.
The permittee shall take all necessary steps to immediately ascertain the cause of any false alarm and shall alleviate the problem within 72 hours or show cause before the Chief of Police why the malfunction cannot be remedied within that time period. The Chief shall have the discretion to grant an additional period of time within which to make the repair.
Any unauthorized equipment may be ordered disconnected by 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 said equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation. Any permittee shall, by acceptance of the permit, be deemed to have 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.
No person shall engage in, manage, conduct or carry on the business of installing, leasing, connecting, maintaining, servicing, repairing, arranging, adjusting, altering, replacing, moving or programming in or on the building, place or premises in the Township of Jefferson any police, fire, burglar, dial, telephone, local or automatic alarm equipment, device or system which is equipped to report to or to attract the attention of the Police Department or Fire Department in order to secure a response thereto without first having applied for and received from the Chief of Police of the Township of Jefferson an annual license therefor.
There shall be no cost to the alarm installer for an initial license or any renewal thereof. All installers' licenses hereunder shall expire on December 31 of the year in which issued, and all licenses for renewal thereof must be submitted in writing to the Chief of Police on or before January 31 of the succeeding year. In addition, the installer must have an exempt card from the New Jersey State Electrical Contractors Licensing Board to install alarms within the Township of Jefferson.
Upon filing an application for a license, the applicant shall complete a form provided therefor by the Chief of Police.
The Police Chief shall cause an investigation to be made of the applicant for an installer's license to determine the qualifications, responsibility and reliability of such applicant and the quality and reliability of equipment, devices or systems to be installed or connected by said installer, as well as the liability of such installer to comply with the rules and regulations to be made and promulgated by the Police Chief and adopted by the Township Council.
Licensed electrical contractors and their employees shall be exempt from having to obtain an alarm installer's license as provided in § 138-15A through D. In lieu of such requirement, licensed electrical contractors shall be required to complete an annual registration form provided by the Chief of Police, which form shall include the name, address and telephone number of the licensed electrical contractor, the electrical contractor's license and business permit numbers, the names, addresses and telephone numbers of every person employed by such contractor who shall engage in the installation and servicing of alarms in the Township of Jefferson, the names and types of equipment, devices or systems installed and utilized, and such other information as may be required from time to time under the rules and regulations promulgated by the Chief of Police. In order to insure that the information registered with the Chief of Police is reasonably up-to-date, licensed electrical contractors will be required to submit a new registration form annually. Such forms must be submitted to the Chief of Police on or before January 31 of each year.
Licensed electrical contractors and their employees and installer licensee hereunder shall be required to maintain complete and accurate records of each and every of such alarm equipment, device or system installed, connected, maintained, leased or serviced within the Township of Jefferson and shall notify the Chief of Police of the same, and all installations, connections and all alarm equipment devices and systems shall conform to the rules and regulations made and provided herein by the Chief of Police and approved by the Council.
The Chief of Police may make, prescribe and promulgate supplementary rules and regulations for the installation and connection of alarm equipment, devices or systems covered by the terms of this chapter and for the performance, maintenance and operation of same as may be reasonably necessary to fulfill the purposes of this chapter.
Said rules and regulations and all changes thereof shall be subject to the approval of the Township Council. Said rules and regulations shall be in writing and shall be given to each permittee or licensee at the time of the application for or issuance of the permit or license or at the time of the promulgation of amendment of such rules and regulations. The violation of any such rules and regulations shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court of the Township of Jefferson for violation of the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more that $500 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both.
Members of the Police Department, Fire Chief or Township Fire Marshal and their designees shall be empowered to enforce and/or issue summons or warnings to enforce this chapter.