[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Geneseo 10-6-1997 by L.L. No. 3-1997; amended in its entirety 11-17-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare by eliminating avoidable false fire and burglar alarms and thereby ensuring that fire and police facilities and personnel will be available for actual emergencies. False alarms unnecessarily drain resources and require emergency responses which contribute to increased accident rates and which delay responses to real emergencies.
[Amended 9-20-1999 by L.L. No. 4-1999]
This chapter applies to all installed fire and burglar alarms which are directly connected to a police or fire agency or to a private agency which, in turn, makes a connection to a police or fire agency or to no agency but merely sounds an alarm on the premises, each installed alarm having the purpose of notifying police and/or fire agencies that an emergency exists at the site of such installed alarm requiring an immediate response from such police or fire agency. This chapter does not apply to state, county, town, public school and Village buildings.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings as indicated:
- AVOIDABLE FALSE ALARM
- Any false alarm received by a local police or fire agency from an installed alarm which is caused by improper installation of the system, by a mechanical failure or malfunction of the system or is due to negligence on the part of the owner, user, custodian or other person responsible for the installed alarm. An avoidable false alarm does not include an alarm activated by a natural phenomenon, such as a tornado, earthquake or the like, or by acts of third parties which are beyond control of the person responsible for the installed alarm; all other false alarms are prima facie avoidable false alarms prohibited by this chapter.
- INSTALLED ALARM
- Any mechanical or electrical device installed in a building for the purpose of automatically notifying, directly or indirectly, police or fire agencies when a break-in or fire occurs and used for the purpose of summoning help from police or fire agencies.
Effective immediately, a Village permit is required for the installation and/or operation of any installed alarm which serves to alert, either directly or indirectly, the Geneseo Village Police and/or Fire Department. Permits for those installed alarms which are now in operation must be obtained within 60 days of the effective date of this chapter.
Permits, which include a list of penalties for infractions, are issued by the Village Clerk upon payment of a five-dollar fee and upon completion of an application which requires the following information:
Date of application.
Type of alarm.
Name and address of person responsible for the alarm.
Address and extent of premises protected by alarm.
Location of enunciator panel(s).
Offices or agencies notified by alarm.
Names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons to be contacted in event of an alarm.
Other information required by Clerk.
No person shall operate, or cause to be operated, an installed alarm in a manner that results in an avoidable false alarm.
Any person who is responsible for operating an installed alarm without a permit shall be fined not less than $100, plus an additional $50 for each 10 days the alarm is operated without a permit thereafter.
Any person who is responsible for an installed alarm which renders more than two avoidable false alarms within a twelve-month period shall be fined not less than $250 for the third avoidable false alarm, and for each subsequent avoidable false alarm within a twelve-month period, the penalty will be increased by $100 over the preceding penalty.