[Ord. 10-2-84, 10/2/1984, § 1; as amended by Ord. 96-6-18-1, 6/18/1996, § 1]
For the purposes of this Part 2, 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 within a building, structure or facility or for alerting others about the existence of any other condition requiring the response of police, fire or ambulance personnel, and which emits and/or transmits an audible and/or visual signal or message when actuated. Alarm systems include but are not limited to direct-dial telephone devices, audible alarms and subscriber alarms.
- AUDIBLE ALARM
- A device that emits an audible signal from the premises that it is designed to protect.
- DIRECT-DIAL ALARM
- A device that, when actuated, causes a recorded message to be transmitted, via telephone, to any emergency service, including but not limited to fire companies, ambulance, rescue squad and/or police departments serving any Township residence or business, stating that emergency response is necessary.
- EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER
- That primary phone number advertised to the public for requesting emergency services.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm signal to which police, firefighters or other emergency or rescue personnel respond which is not the result of any burglary, fire, robbery or emergency situation.
- The Plumstead Township Police Department.
[Ord. 10-2-84, 10/2/1984, § 2; as amended by Ord. 96-6-18-1, 6/18/1996, § 2]
No property owner, lessee of property or other person occupying any premises within the Township shall put an alarm system into a home or business without first registering such an alarm with the Township, including agreeing to pay the Township such sums for false alarms as are then currently set forth in the Township Fee Schedule, and shall agree to pay such sums as they may, from time to time, be increased by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Within 30 days of the enactment of this Part 2, all persons, entities, firms, corporations or other groups that install or maintain alarm systems within the Township shall register with the Township and provide current information to the Police Department and emergency agency, if other than the police, consisting of the names and telephone numbers of responsible persons who may be contacted in case of emergency, who are authorized to provide services to the alarm system, who must be available on a twenty-four-hour basis. Registration information must be updated immediately whenever changes are necessary. The registration fee shall be set by the Board of Supervisors and may be adjusted by the Board of Supervisors.
[Amended by Ord. 2014-04, 8/12/2014]
Audible alarms must be silenced within 30 minutes after a designated responsible person is notified to do so by the police, or the alarm system may be equipped with a timing device that will automatically silence the audible alarm within 30 minutes after it is actuated.
Direct-dial alarms shall not be connected to the emergency agency emergency phone number. A secondary phone number may be provided by the responding agency for direct-dial alarms only. Direct-dial alarms must be equipped with a device that will prevent more than three repeated transmissions of an alarm for the same emergency.
Prior to installation of any alarm to any approved agency other than the Township Police Department, the owner shall provide the Police Department with a letter signed by an authorized representative of the agency granting permission for such installation.
It shall be the responsibility of all persons, entities, firms, and corporations installing such systems within the Township to prevent the transmission of false alarms through a program of training and periodic inspection and maintenance of the system. The maximum permissible number of false arms from any one location shall be two false alarms in any calendar month or four false alarms in any one calendar-year period. The Township shall notify the owner, lessee or occupant of the property in writing upon receipt of the third false alarm within any calendar year. Said notice shall be sent via United States first-class mail, postage prepaid. The fee charged for false alarms which exceed the permissible number allowed shall be set in the Township Fee Schedule and may be amended from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Notice of fees shall be sent for each false alarm which exceeds the maximum permissible number of false alarms allowed by this subsection. The owner, lessee or occupant of the property shall have 10 days to pay the fee charged from the date of the notice. Failure or refusal to pay the fee charged shall constitute a violation of this Part, subject to the penalties provided in this section. If, due to weather conditions, electrical failure, or other malfunction, three or more false alarms from unrelated locations are received within thirty (30) minutes of each other, the fee or penalty shall not be assessed nor shall the false alarm be counted against the permissible number of false alarms allowed.
[Amended by Ord. 2014-04, 8/12/2014]
[Ord. 10-2-84, 10/2/1984, § 3]
The provisions of this Part 2 shall not apply to the general alerting alarms that may be used by fire companies, ambulance squads, or civil defense agencies to summon response of their members. The provisions of this Part 2 shall not apply to alarm systems that are affixed to motor vehicles.
[Ord. 10-2-84, 10/2/1984, § 4; as amended by Ord. 97-4-15, 4/15/1997; and by Ord. 2004-07]
Any person firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part 2, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a District Justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
False Alarm Violation. Any owner, lessee or user found guilty of misuse or continual false activation shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a District Justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 10-2-84, 10/2/1984, § 5; as added by Ord. 96-6-18-1, 6/18/1996, § 4]
Nothing in this Part 2 shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court or any rights acquired or liability incurred or any permit issued or any cause or cause of actions existing under the ordinances of the Township prior to enactment of this Part 2.