[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Edgewater 4-3-1984 by Ord. No. 778-84 (Ch. 110 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, fire, smoke and other emergency alarm devices, whether it be a dial alarm, direct alarm, indirect alarm or local alarm.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any dial alarm, direct alarm, indirect alarm or local alarm system designed to summon the Police Department, Fire Department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- DIAL ALARM
- That type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly through the Police Department or Fire Department.
- DIRECT ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, signals the Police Department or Fire Department directly by the use of an electronic or radio signal.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence or the unintentional act of someone other than an intruder and shall include as well alarms caused by malfunction of the alarm device.
- INDIRECT ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, signals any nongovernmental person, entity or agency, whether located within or without the territorial limits of the Borough of Edgewater, by use of a dial, electronic or radio signal, the report of which is then, by the use of a dial or electronic radio signal or manual voice response, communicated to the Police Department or Fire Department.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or device which, when activated, produces a visual and/or noise signal and which is not connected to telephone lines to the Police Department or Fire Department switchboards.
- Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation, association, business, club or organization.
Any person who owns or operates a dial alarm, direct alarm, indirect alarm or local alarm shall make application for the continuance thereof in writing to the Police Chief/Fire Chief within 30 days from the final passage of this chapter, which application shall contain at least the location of the device, the name and address of the installer of the device, the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Police Chief/Fire Chief.
No person may install or cause to be installed a dial alarm, direct alarm, indirect alarm or local alarm device without first obtaining a written permit for the installation from the Police Chief/Fire Chief of the Borough of Edgewater.
The fee for processing an application for the issuance of a written permit to install a dial alarm, direct alarm or indirect alarm or local alarm device shall be $100.
[Amended 4-4-1994 by Ord. No. 1025-94]
In addition to the initial application fee, an annual renewal fee of $50 shall be required.
[Added 4-4-1994 by Ord. No. 1025-94]
Persons having either dial alarms, direct alarms, indirect alarms or local alarm devices shall be required to leave with the Police/Fire Department the name of a person or persons who can be reached in case of malfunction of the equipment in order that the device can be temporarily disconnected. In lieu thereof, this requirement can be fulfilled by leaving a tagged key to the premises with the Police Chief/Fire Chief of the Borough of Edgewater, provided that in so doing the owner thereby releases the Borough of Edgewater and the Police/Fire Department from any claims or damages or loss in connection with said entry.
Persons moving alarm devices which are being tested or repaired shall notify the Police/Fire Department before tests or repairs commence and after completion of same so as to avoid the possibility of activating a false alarm.
[Amended 12-18-1984 by Ord. No. 803-84]
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police/Fire Department and shall use such means of communication so as to preclude the necessity for a response by the Police/Fire Department. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such communication shall not excuse a violation of this chapter in the event that the Police/Fire Department has undertaken such action necessary in order to respond to the scene.
The Police Chief and/or Fire Chief shall cause an investigation to be made on all false alarms and shall keep a record of said alarms on file. For such alarms, the Mayor and Council prescribe the following penalties: for the first and second false alarms in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued; for the third false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of not less than $100 shall be paid to the Borough of Edgewater; for the fourth false alarm and any subsequent false alarms, a fine of $250 shall be paid to the Borough of Edgewater. After four false alarms in any given year, the Mayor and Council reserves the right to require the disconnection of the device for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee an opportunity to show cause before the Mayor and Council why such action should not be taken.
[Amended 12-20-1993 by Ord. No. 1016-93]
Any person found to have violated any of the provisions of this chapter, the penalties for which are set forth in the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23), shall be subject to the penalties set forth therein.