[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Patterson 12-10-1998 by Ord. No. 364. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FALSE ALARM
- Any local alarm system actuated intentionally or by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device of other relevant equipment and which results in an unnecessarily summoned response by the Patterson Township Police Department or the Patterson Township Fire Department, or their designated assignee.
- LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
- Any type of alarm system actuating equipment which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other perils by a signal that is sounded on the premises.
- Any natural person, partnership, corporation or association or any other legal entity.
- SUMMONED RESPONSE
- The appearance of the Patterson Township Police Department or the Patterson Township Volunteer Fire Department or their designated assignee at the premises from which the local alarm system is activated, said appearance occurring as a result of a call or other communication to the Department(s) by the owner or occupier of the premises or his or her designated assignee.
The Police Department and/or the Fire Department of the Township of Patterson shall keep a record of all of their summoned responses to false alarms caused by local alarm systems within the township.
In the case of a false alarm, the Police Chief may cause an investigation to be made as to the cause of said false alarm.
Penalties in accordance with the following schedule shall be imposed for the summoned response of the Patterson Township Police Department or Fire Department or its designee to a false alarm: for the third false alarm in any one-year period (the one-year period begins with first false alarm), a warning shall be issued by the Police Chief; for the fourth false alarm and each and every false alarm thereafter in the one-year period, a fine of $100 shall be paid by the owner of the alarm system to the Township of Patterson. The Police Chief shall cause written notice of any warning or fine imposed by this section to be mailed to the owner of the alarm system, by certified mail, return receipt requested. All fines imposed by this section shall be paid no later than 30 days from the date of issuance. The township may seek to recover said fine in District Court 36-1-02.
Nothing contained in this section shall be applicable to schools or municipal buildings.