[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Port Washington North 7-10-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees finds that the high incidence of false burglar alarms unduly burdens the efficient use of police personnel and resources. The following legislation is designed to provide for the registration of alarm systems to reduce the incidence of false alarms, maximize the efficient use of police personnel and resources, and provide efficient police protection to residents of the Village.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- Any electrically and/or mechanically created audible or visual signal of distress which can be heard or seen beyond the boundaries of the real property owned, leased and/or occupied by an alarm user and/or which is transmitted to the Police Department.
- ALARM AGENT
- Any employee, agent or other representative of an alarm business doing business in the Village.
- A. Any person who is selling, leasing, installing, replacing, modifying, repairing or otherwise altering alarm systems within the Village; and/or
- B. Any person who is in the business of monitoring, receiving, recording and/or validating and/or responding to an alarm system and/or which relays or otherwise notifies the Police Department of an alarm from an alarm system.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any electric and/or mechanical device within the Village which is used to emit an alarm.
- ALARM SYSTEM INSTALLATION
- Any installation, replacement and/or substantial modification or other alteration to an alarm system. A modification, repair or other alteration with a fair market value of $200 or more for parts and labor shall be deemed substantial.
- ALARM USER
- The owner or tenant of any structure or other premises at or upon which an alarm system is maintained, allowed or tolerated.
- APPROVED ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm system for which a valid alarm system registration has been filed with the Village.
- BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- The Board of Trustees of the Village.
- CENTRAL ALARM STATION
- Any alarm business which relays or otherwise notifies the Police Department of an alarm from an alarm system.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm which is not the result of a real or perceived danger from criminal activity, fire or medical emergency. False alarms include, but are not limited to, equipment malfunctions and unauthorized testing of alarm systems.
- Any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Port Washington Police Department in the Town of North Hempstead.
- Registering an alarm system with the Village in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
- The Village of Port Washington North.
No alarm user shall permit, allow or tolerate an alarm system in any premises which he owns, leases or occupies, without a registration of such alarm system.
No alarm agent or alarm business shall perform an alarm system installation within the Village without a registration of such alarm system.
Such registration shall provide the following information:
Address of premises.
Name and telephone number of owner.
Name and telephone number of tenant, if any.
Name of applicant.
Name, address and telephone number of central alarm system, if any.
Manufacturer and model of alarm system, and such other information as may be necessary to assure compliance with § 48-4C.
Name and telephone number of other person or persons to be contacted if owner and/or tenant cannot be reached.
Registrations shall be deemed "continuing" and must be kept current and amended as any changes to the answers in the application occur.
The alarm system must contain the following features:
The alarm must automatically terminate within 15 minutes of activation.
The alarm system must not transmit more than two alarm messages (including messages by recorded or taped devices) upon a single activation to the Police Department.
If the alarm system has an automatic dialer and is programmed to dial the Police Department, it shall not dial any Police Department telephone number other than one which has been preapproved by the Police Department.
If the alarm system has an automatic dialer which is programmed to dial a central alarm station and/or the Police Department, it shall have a thirty-second time-lapse delay between the initial activation and the automatic dialing, with an abort capability or other means of overriding the automatic dialer during said thirty-second time interval. Such time-lapse delay shall not be required for devices specifically designed to enable an alarm user to intentionally activate the alarm by a panic button or similar device.
Such other reasonable features as may from time to time be requested by the Village. Such other reasonable features, however, shall be required only of alarm system installations which occur after the Village has adopted a resolution for making such requests.
Registration is not and shall not be deemed to be a representation by the Village as to the adequacy, operation or functioning of an alarm system, an alarm system installation or the operation of a central alarm system, nor does the Village assume any liability whatsoever for any failure or malfunction of an alarm system or for the delay or failure of any Police Department response to an alarm from an alarm system.
It shall be a violation of this chapter by any alarm user whose alarm system:
Reports more than three false alarms within any one calendar year. Each false alarm after the third false alarm within such calendar year shall be a separate and distinct violation of this chapter;
Has not been registered or whose application for registration is not based upon a current and accurate application;
Does not meet the requirements for such alarm system as set forth herein;
Does not automatically terminate within 15 minutes of activation;
Transmits more than two alarm messages upon a single activation to the Police Department; or
Dials the Police Department at a telephone number which was not preapproved by the Police Department.
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to perform in whole or in part or to receive any payment for an alarm system installation for which there is no registration based upon a true and complete application.
Each violation of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250.
This chapter shall take effect October 1, 1995.