Township of Stillwater, NJ
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Stillwater 10-5-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 272.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person or entity who or which operates, maintains, has control over, or owns any alarm device designed to summon the police or fire personnel to any location in response to an alarm signal. The terms of this chapter shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private source within the Township of Stillwater.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings indicated:
ALARM DEVICE
Any type of alarm system providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, flood or like peril or emergency.
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any alarm device or combination of alarm devices installed for one or more buildings at any location.
DIAL ALARM DEVICE
An alarm device using telephone or other lines which transmits an alarm signal or signals to a lawfully established police department or any privately owned alarm company.
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm or signal activated or transmitted by inadvertent, negligent, unintentional, or intentional act or omission of a person (caused or transmitted other than by an intruder or by fire, flood, smoke or carbon monoxide) and shall also include alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other related equipment. "False alarm" shall not include activation caused by power or phone line interruptions when such interruptions have been reported to a lawfully established police department or the Township Clerk.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm device which when activated produces an audible or visual signal (such as, but not limited to, fire and burglar alarm activating belt devices). It shall not include motor vehicle anti-theft alarms.
PERMITTEE
Any person owning or leasing or having control over an alarm device or a local alarm within the Township of Stillwater, including but not limited to the owner or tenant of a premises or building or other structure.
PERSON
Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or any other entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT and/or FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Stillwater Township Police Department or any of the Stillwater Township volunteer fire companies.
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It shall be unlawful for any person to have control over, or to operate, or to install or maintain an alarm device within the Township of Stillwater without first registering said use with the Township Clerk in accordance with this chapter.
B. 
Every user of an alarm device shall, by December 31, 2004, submit to the Township Clerk a registration application for an alarm permit, using the application form provided by the Township Clerk. Information must be kept current, and the permittee must notify the Township Clerk, in writing, of any changes of information listed on the registration application no later than 30 days following the applicable change or changes.
C. 
A registration permit shall automatically terminate upon a change of occupancy of the premises for which the alarm device has been registered.
Persons required to register their alarm devices shall complete and file with the Municipal Clerk a registration application which may be obtained from the Municipal Clerk's office and which shall contain the following information:
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The full name and address of the applicant, including a complete physical address and property description which will permit the appropriate response to the alarm.
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The exact location of each alarm device on the property and in or on the building or structure.
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Name and address and telephone number of the person installing, maintaining and/or owning the system.
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The type of device, including what provisions have been made to avoid false alarms and testing provisions.
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The name and address of the entity or person(s), if any, responsible for monitoring and initially responding to an activation of an alarm device and a phone number for such entity and/or person(s).
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The name and address of any entity or person and their telephone numbers who may be contacted in the event of an alarm and at least one other entity or person(s) who is authorized to receive notification of an alarm call and who is authorized to enter upon the premises in which the alarm system is located.
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Any additional relevant information as may be reasonably required by the Township Clerk.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, allow or activate a false alarm as defined in this chapter. In the case of a false alarm, any person and any permittee who violate this chapter shall each be subject to the provisions of § 95-10.
Dial alarm devices may be connected to any lawfully established police department lines as are permitted. Said dial alarms shall be registered as specified in §§ 95-3 and 95-4 of this chapter.
A. 
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any alarm system installed on property owned or occupied by any Township, county, state or federal government agency or office or to any alarm device having only an indoor audible or visual/flashing system and which are not dial alarm devices.
B. 
Alarm devices having an audible alarm installed out of doors shall be designed to limit the operation of a bell- or sound-producing instrument to a maximum of 20 minutes after activation. If the duration of an outside activated audible alarm exceeds 20 minutes, the warnings and penalties provided by § 95-10 of this chapter shall apply as though a false alarm had been activated.
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The Township of Stillwater shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee by reason of issuance of any registration permit.
B. 
As a condition precedent to the issuance of a registration permit pursuant to this chapter, it shall be the obligation of each permittee to agree, in writing, to indemnify and save harmless the Township of Stillwater, its agents, servants and employees, the Stillwater Township Police Department, and the Fire Departments and rescue squads serving Stillwater Township from and on account of any and all damages arising from or sustained as a result of any forced entry into the premises during any alarm response and for failure of the Township of Stillwater, its agents, servants and employees, the Stillwater Township Police Department, and the Fire Departments and rescue squads serving Stillwater Township and all other police departments for failure to respond to any alarm.
The Township Committee may from to time promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this chapter in order to provide for recordkeeping and efficient management of said system.
Any person, firm or corporation who or which violates the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine; provided, however, that the following minimum and mandatory fines shall apply to false alarms:
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For the first false alarm in any single calendar year, a warning shall be issued.
B. 
For the second false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of $50 shall be paid to the Township of Stillwater.
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For the third and subsequent false alarms in the same calendar year, a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250 for each occurrence shall be paid to the Township of Stillwater, which shall be accompanied by an advisory letter (dated within 30 days following the date on which the complaint is issued) from a licensed alarm company stating that the system is operating properly. If, however, the person fails to provide such advisory letter as provided above, a fine may be imposed by the court up to a maximum of $500 in the court's discretion.