[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Bordentown 7-16-1984 by Ord. No. 1984-13. Section 96-10 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter may be cited and referred to as the "Alarm System Ordinance of the City of Bordentown of 1984."
For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical, electrical or electronic device which is designed or used for the detection of an unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility or for alerting others about the commission of an unlawful act or the presence of a fire or smoke condition or other emergency situation within a building, structure or facility or for alerting others about the existence of any other condition requiring the response of the police, fire, ambulance or other emergency personnel, and which emits an audible and/or visual signal when activated. "Alarm system" includes, but is not limited to, audible alarms and subscriber alarm systems.
- AUDIBLE ALARM
- Any device that emits an audible signal from the premises that it is designated to protect whether or not the same is part of an alarm system as defined in this chapter.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING EQUIPMENT
- Alarm systems and devices which automatically dial any emergency phone number and uses a recorded or taped message to alert the communications center of the need for fire or ambulance services.
- EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER
- The primary telephone number advertised to the public for the purpose of requesting emergency fire, police and/or ambulance services.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm activation of any alarm system by other than an intruder or other unauthorized entry into a building, structure or facility or the existence of an emergency situation.
License required. Any person who desires to connect a commercially or privately owned or operated alarm system to the communications center of the Police Department of the City of Bordentown shall first obtain a license from the Director of Public Safety and Affairs or his designee, both hereinafter referred to as "Director," for such connection privilege. Application for such licenses shall be made to the Director on a form prepared in accordance with this chapter.
Fee. The Director shall set the initial application and annual fee charged for such a license and for any petition for reinstatement of a terminated license. Such fees shall each not exceed $100.
Application for license. An applicant for such a license shall file with the Director, together with the required license application fee, a written application, signed and sworn to by the applicant or by an authorized officer of the applicant if a corporation or partnership. The application shall include the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
The name and address of the person actually using the alarm system, if different from the name set forth above.
The type of systems and the method of connection to the communications center.
A statement by the applicant holding the city harmless for any and all losses or damages which may occur as a result of any malfunction or the failure of the alarm system or of the City Police Department to respond promptly thereto and a clause to indemnify the city in the event that any judgment is obtained against the city arising out of such use of the communications center.
For any false alarm after the third false alarm in any one calendar year, as established by the records of the Police Department, the applicant, owner, lessee or tenant of a building, structure or facility in which an alarm system or audible alarm is installed shall be in violation of this chapter and liable for the imposition of a penalty hereunder upon complaint to be made by a member of the City Police Department.
Audible alarms must be silenced by the building, structure or facility owner, lessee or tenant or someone on behalf of such person(s) within 60 minutes after the same begins to emit an audible signal.
After the fourth false alarm in any one calendar year or the sixth false alarm in any eighteen-month period, any license issued pursuant to this chapter shall be terminated by the Director, who shall give written notice thereof personally or by regular mail sent to the applicant at the address shown upon the application for the license being terminated. Service shall be terminated on the third day following personal service or mailing of the notice of termination. The licensee may petition the Board of Commissioners of the city for a hearing to request the resumption of connection privileges. Any such petition must demonstrate effective measures taken to eliminate the reoccurrence of false alarms. Reinstatement of connection privileges shall be in the sole discretion of said Board of Commissioners. There shall be no refund of any fee upon terminating of service whether the same be by the Director or voluntary by the applicant or other person.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the audible alarms that may be used by police, fire, ambulance, rescue or other emergency services, civil defense agencies or affixed to motor vehicles.
The use of automatic dialing equipment is hereby prohibited for alerting the communications center of the need for police assistance or intervention but is herewith permitted as to the need of fire or ambulance services.
The provisions contained herein shall apply equally to those alarm systems and audible alarms that were placed in service both prior to as well as subsequent to the effective date of this chapter.