[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson 12-4-1990 by L.L. No. 5-1990; amended in its entirety 11-4-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and controls of various types of intrusion, holdup, fire alarm and other emergency signals from alarm devices that require Police Department and Fire Department responses for investigation, action and safeguarding of property at the location of an event which is reported by a signal transmitted by telephone, leased wire, radio or in any other way relayed to the Police Department or Fire Department.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- ALARM SYSTEM OR DEVICE
- Any mechanism, equipment or device that is designed to operate, automatically or manually, to transmit an audible or visible signal, message or warning to a third-party monitoring business to which the Police Department or Fire Department is expected to respond.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any signal actuated through an alarm system or device to which the Police Department or Fire Department responds which is not the result of a holdup, robbery or other crime, fire or other emergency.
- FIRE DEPARTMENT
- The Fire Department of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Police Department of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson.
- The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson.
It shall be a violation of this chapter to intentionally or negligently cause a false alarm to be made, and any person who intentionally or negligently causes such false alarm shall be subject to the penalty provision of this chapter.
Any owner or lessee of property having an alarm system or device on his or its premises on the effective date of this chapter shall pay to the Village Clerk, upon notice, a charge for each and every false alarm to which the Police Department or Fire Department responds in each year as follows:
Failure to pay any such false alarm charges within 60 days of the issuance of a notice shall subject such owner, lessee or user to the penalty provision of this chapter.
The Police Department shall cause to be kept an up-to-date and accurate log of all false alarms occurring in the Village and shall report same on a regular basis to the Village Clerk.
Any owner or lessee who is charged for a false alarm may contest such charge by writing to the Village Manager within 15 days of notice of the charge and stating the basis for the appeal. The Village Manager shall hold a hearing on the appeal. The Village Manager's decision of the appeal shall be final.
Requirement of shutoff system. No person shall install or maintain in any building, structure or establishment in the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson an external audible alarm of any type which does not also contain an automatic shutoff system or feature automatically shutting off the source of power to the alarm after it has sounded for a period of no longer than 15 minutes.
Any person who violates this section shall be deemed a disorderly person and shall be subject to a fine of up to $500. Each day on which an alarm remains in nonconformity with this section shall be deemed a separate violation.
The owner and the occupant or lessee of any building, structure and establishment shall each be responsible for the conformity with this section of any alarm located on or in premises owned or occupied by him.
The owner, lessee or user shall be responsible for the maintenance and service of their or its alarm device equipment and shall be responsible for all malfunctions of their or its equipment.
Any person, firm or corporation who does not pay any charge or fee established in this chapter or who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of an amount which shall not be in excess of $500 for each offense. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during which a violation occurs or is committed, and such violation may constitute disorderly conduct, in which event such person shall be a disorderly person.