City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County
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A. 
For the purpose of this section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a fire alarm or security system activation was a false alarm where the City determines that:
(1) 
There is no evidence of a fire or other smoke, noxious gas or high temperature on the protected premises that would warrant a call for immediate emergency response; and
(2) 
There is no evidence that violent weather conditions, electrical power failures, transmission line malfunctions, or other extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the alarm user caused the activation of the alarm.
B. 
Response to a trouble fire alarm received through a central station.
(1) 
If the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responds to a false alarm and it is determined that the cause of the false alarm was the negligence of the alarm user for failing to contact the City's dispatch center regarding work being done on the alarm, the alarm user will be subject to a fine as set forth in Chapter 248, Fines.
(2) 
If the Crystal Lake Police Department responds to a false alarm and it is determined that the cause of the false alarm was the negligence of the alarm user for failing to contact the City's dispatch center regarding work being done on the alarm, the alarm user will be subject to a fine as set forth in Chapter 248, Fines.
A false alarm fee is hereby imposed on the responsible party of any alarm system connected to CLWAN, central station or by any other means of notification to reimburse the City for the costs incurred in the response to excessive false alarms. False alarm fees are referenced in Chapter 248, Fines, of the Code of the City of Crystal Lake.
Nothing in this chapter shall constitute a representation or warranty that the alarm system or the monitoring of the alarm system will prevent any loss by fire, burglary or otherwise, or that the system will in all cases provide the protection for which it is installed or intended. The City makes no representations or warranties, either express or implied, as to any matter whatsoever, including without limitation the condition of the equipment, its merchantability or its fitness for a particular purpose. A subscriber may not rely on any representation or warranties by the City, express or implied, and nothing in this chapter or the requirements of this chapter shall be deemed to create any express or implied warranty.
The City is not an insurer under this chapter and the subscriber assumes all risk of loss or damage to the subscriber's premises or contents thereof. The subscriber shall have the right to purchase whatever insurance the subscriber requires in order to protect its property and/or person(s) from injury or the commission of any crime. In addition, this chapter does not create any certainty with regard to the response time of any fire department or police department should either or both of these departments be dispatched as a result of a signal being received by the equipment required by this chapter. Nothing in this chapter waives or releases any and all statutory or common law immunities of the City of Crystal Lake which are specifically reserved.