Town of Fairhaven, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Fairhaven 2-11-2004 by Art. 19. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated;
ALARM
A signaling device of any description that, if activated, is reasonably calculated to summons the Police Department, including, but not limited to, so called "burglar alarms," "holdup alarms" and "panic alarms." Motor vehicle alarms, fire alarms, and alarms on governmental buildings shall be exempt from this chapter.
FALSE ALARM
Activation of an alarm resulting in a response by the Police Department where there is no actual or threatened criminal activity or harm to a person or property. False alarms include, but are not limited to, an alarm activated through mechanical failure, malfunction improper installation, negligence or human error. Activation of an alarm shall not be considered a false alarm when it is caused by a power outage, earthquake, damage to a building or severe weather conditions.
Whenever an alarm is activated by whatever means with the result that there is a response to the location of the alarm by the Police Department, a record of the alarm shall be made and kept by the Police Department, and notice shall be posted at the property. If such alarm is a false alarm, the notice shall specify.
It shall be unlawful for an alarm to be falsely activated more than three times in a calendar year. Beginning with the fourth false alarm in a calendar year, the owner or person in control of such premises shall pay a service fee of $25 per occurrence to the Fairhaven Police Department. Starting with the fifth false alarm and up to and including the ninth false alarm in a calendar year, the owner or person in control of such premises shall pay a service fee of $50 per occurrence. Starting with the 10th false alarm in a calendar year, the service fee shall be $100 per occurrence. Notice of such service fee shall be posted at the premises or mailed to the owner or person in control of such premises. The service fee shall be paid to the Fairhaven Police Department with 30 days of notice. After 30 days, interest shall accrue at the maximum statutory rate as provided for in MGL c. 40 § 21E and MGL c. 59 § 57.
Any audible alarm installed after April 1, 2003 shall be equipped with an automatic shut off device that shall shut off the audible component of the alarm within 30 minutes of activation. In the event of a response by the Fairhaven Police Department to an alarm in violation of this provision, the owner or person in control of such premises shall pay a service fee or $50 to the Fairhaven Police Department. Notice of such violation and service fee shall be posted at the premises or mailed to the owner or person in control of such premises, and, if the violation is not corrected within 30 days of said notice, each day thereafter shall be deemed a separate violation, until brought into compliance. The service fee shall be paid to the Fairhaven Police Department within 30 days of notice. After 30 days, interest shall accrue at the maximum statutory rate as provided for in MGL c. 40 § 21E and MGL c. 59 § 57.
It shall be unlawful to install, allow to install, or use any alarm system that notifies the police communications center of an alarm activation by use of a recorded message. In the event of a response by the Fairhaven Police Department to an alarm in violation of this provision, the owner or person in control of such premises shall pay a service fee of $50 to the Fairhaven Police Department. Notice of such violation and service fee shall be posted at the premises or mailed to the owner or person in control of such premises, and, if the violation is not corrected within 30 days of said notice, each day thereafter shall be deemed a separate violation, until brought into compliance. The service fee shall be paid to the Fairhaven Police Department within 30 days of notice. After 30 days, interest shall accrue at the maximum statutory rate as provided for in MGL c. 40 § 21E and MGL c. 59 § 57.