[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Tuckerton 10-18-1982 by Ord. No. 5-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
- ALARM AGENT
- Any person employed by an alarm business to perform any of the following functions within the Borough: altering, leasing, installing, maintaining, moving, repairing, replacing, selling or servicing any alarm system in any building place or business. "Selling," as used in this section, does not include a person(s) who engages in the sale or manufacture of an alarm system from a fixed location and who neither visits the location where the alarm system is to be installed, nor designed the scheme for the physical location and the installation of the alarm system in a specific location.
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Any business which is engaged in the selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing of any alarm system in any place, building or premise.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device designed, when actuated, to produce or emit a sound or transmit a signal or message for the purpose of alerting others to the existence of an emergency situation requiring immediate investigation by police, fire or other agent.
- BOROUGH ALARM ADMINISTRATOR
- The Chief of Police or any other person authorized by the Borough Council to be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and any administrative duties regarding the regulation and control of alarm businesses, agents and systems in the Borough.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system by causes other than those to which the alarm system was designed or intended to respond.
All components of alarm systems, alarm devices, dialer alarms and local alarms shall be properly maintained by alarm agents or users of such systems and be in good repair. The Borough Alarm Administrator or his/her representative is authorized to disconnect such devices or systems that in his/her judgment are not properly maintained or in good repair.
Prior to the installation of any alarm in the Borough, direct connect, phone dialer, local or central station, the alarm business must complete the prescribed form and submit it to the Borough Alarm Administrator for his approval.
The contents of any recorded message from a dialer alarm system must be intelligible and in a format approved by the Chief of Police. No such message shall be transmitted more than three times as a result of a single stimulus of the mechanism. Messages shall not exceed 15 seconds, and the time gap between delivery shall be approximately 10 seconds.
All local alarms shall be equipped with a time relay or battery to limit the sounding of alarms to 30 minutes or less, after which time the system shall rearm itself.
Each alarm company operator shall provide accurate and complete instructions to the alarm system user in the proper use and operation of said false alarm.
All alarm systems shall have a standby, backup power supply which will automatically assume the operation of the alarm system should any interruption occur in the power to the system. The transfer of power from the primary source to the backup source must occur in a manner which does not activate the alarm.
Every alarm business shall provide ready repair service upon notification of an alarm breakdown within two hours upon such notification.
The Borough Alarm Administrator or his/her representative is authorized, at reasonable time and upon oral notice, to enter any premises in the Borough of Tuckerton to inspect the installation and/or operation of any alarm device or alarm business as official business.
All alarm businesses must submit the names, addresses and emergency numbers of person(s) to contact if the alarm is activated to the Borough Alarm Administrator and shall update and/or amend this list monthly. This list is confidential and shall be used by the Police and/or Fire Department when necessary to make contact due to official business.
The Police Chief shall keep a written record (the police event/dispatch card) of all false alarms which summon the Police Department to investigate.
After five false alarms in any new calendar year, the Borough Alarm Administrator shall charge the owner or lessee of such alarm an administrative inspection fee as outlined in § 85-5C.
The Borough Alarm Administrator is authorized to have any alarm device that does not meet the requirements of this chapter, or is responsible for excess false alarms, excessive false alarms being more than 10 in one calendar year, to disconnect such alarm device.
Should any disconnection result due to § 85-4C, all liability shall be upon said subscriber for all losses whatsoever during the period of disconnection, and no liability shall befall the Borough.
In order to reconnect, the alarm subscriber must submit, in writing, to the Borough Alarm Administrator, proof that the problem with his alarm has been corrected. Approval may be given on a trial basis for 60 days. A reconnect fee will be charged as set forth in § 85-5D.
To cover the cost to the Borough of processing applications for alarm businesses and agents, the following nonrefundable fees must accompany said applications:
Phone dialer. The owner or lessee of an automatic dialing device which is interconnected to a special trunk line transmitting directly into the Police Department shall pay the Borough's nonrefundable fee of $5 a month to cover the cost to the Borough of providing the personnel to monitor said line.