[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Fallsburg 4-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1-2000 (Ch. 75 of the 1971 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Because faulty alarm systems cause a serious public and official nuisance that may detract from normal police and fire activity, the following chapter is enacted to increase the reliability of police and fire protection.
The intent of this chapter shall be to provide the regulation and setting of standards for police, fire or other emergency alarm systems in the Town of Fallsburg, County of Sullivan, State of New York, together with fees and procedures for connections of such devices. This chapter shall pertain to various types of burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means of activation of said device.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any alarm system activating equipment that provides a warning of an intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- DIAL ALARM
- That type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly to the Town of Fallsburg Police Department and/or Fire Department.
- FALSE ALARMS
- Any alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence or intentionally by someone other than an intruder and shall include alarms caused by malfunction of the alarm device or other relevant equipment.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, produces an audible or visual signal which is not connected to the telephone lines of the Town of Fallsburg Police Department or which can be heard or seen by the general public.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association or corporation to connect or cause to be connected any dial alarm into the Town of Fallsburg Police Department or any device that automatically connects the alarm device to and causes a message to be received by any Town police or other Town telephone.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association or corporation to connect or install or to continue to be connected or installed any local alarm within the Town of Fallsburg, unless such person, firm, association or corporation has registered said alarm with the Town of Fallsburg Police Department.
Editor's Note: The registration form is on file in the Town offices.
Any registration may be denied if the Chief of Police disapproves the equipment intended to be used by the registrant or the manner of use thereof or if the registrant has violated any other provisions of this chapter.
Unless required by law, no alarm device which produces an exterior audible signal shall be installed unless its operation is automatically restricted to a maximum of 15 minutes, except that Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. certified commercial systems which require a minimum of 30 minutes shall be restricted to 30 minutes, provided that if at any time the minimum shall be reduced, the maximum permitted under this exception shall be reduced in conformity therewith.
All registrations as may be granted hereunder shall be accepted upon the express conditions that:
The registrant shall defend, indemnify and save harmless the Town of Fallsburg and its authorized officials, agents and employees from and against any and all damages, costs, expenses and liability arising out of any defects, deficiencies or inadequacies in any alarm device or devices for which registration has been granted, or in any installation, monitoring or maintenance thereof or by reason of any malfunction or defect in the operation or maintenance of the alarm.
The registrant shall comply with all provisions of this chapter.
All equipment to be used by the registrant shall be described in the registration and shall be of a type approved by the Federal Communications Commission and the Town of Fallsburg Police Chief.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner of such alarm equipment to maintain the same in proper operating condition at all times. In the event of failure of any owner to properly maintain such equipment in such a manner as to limit false alarms, the service provided by the Town may be discontinued upon 10 days' written notice to the owner at the address of the improperly maintained equipment.
In the case of false alarms, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Town of Fallsburg Police Department. The Chief of Police of the Town shall cause an investigation to be made and shall make a report of all incidents and keep records of same.
For such false alarms, the following penalties apply:
For the first six false alarms, whether fire or burglar, in any given calendar year, a warning will be issued.
For subsequent false alarms in the same calendar year, a violation complaint or summons may be issued by the Town of Fallsburg Police Department and/or by the Town of Fallsburg Code Enforcement Office. A conviction of a violation of this section shall subject the defendant to the payment of a fine of $25 for each offense. The Chief of Police may issue a written notice to the owner or operator of said alarm equipment requiring that he or she disconnect the same from service where there are 10 or more false alarms from such location.
Any authorized equipment may be ordered disconnected by the Chief of Police (or his designee) for noncompliance with this chapter.
Any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for a violation of this chapter. Each and every day said equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation.