[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Fredon Ord. No. 99-03 (Sec. 3-12 of the 1972 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 200.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of various types of intrusion, security and fire alarm devices and systems within the Township of Fredon and to provide penalties for violations hereof.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device, system or local alarm designed to summon the police, fire department, or any other state, county or local emergency personnel to any location within the Township of Fredon in response to any type of signal, alarm or preprogrammed, prerecorded message.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm-actuating equipment which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, burglary, medical emergency, flood or like perils or emergencies, including automatic calling devices (devices using normal telephone lines transmitting notification by telephone directly to a private alarm company and then through the private company either to the New Jersey State Police, the Fredon Township Fire Department or any other state, county or local emergency personnel.
- ALARM PANEL
- That component installed in a central location containing alarm indications and designations.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- The installation in one or more buildings of one or more alarm devices for the express purpose of giving visual or audible warning, or both, of an emergency, such as a burglary, intrusion, fire, smoke, medical emergency, flood or like perils.
- AUDIBLE ALARM
- A device that emits an audible signal from the premises that it is designed to protect.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm activated by inadvertent, negligent, unintentional or intentional act or omission of a person, other than an intruder or by fire, and shall also include alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other related equipment resulting in a response by police, a first aid squad, fire department, or any other state, county or local emergency personnel where an emergency situation does not exist.
- LOCAL ALARM
- An audible alarm or one that when activated emits a visual or audible signal or other alarm device warning transmitted beyond the borders of the premises in which the alarm system is located, such as electronically powered smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector. It shall not include a motor vehicle antitheft alarm.
- Any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or other legal entity.
All alarm systems referred to in the section shall, at the time of their installation and at all times thereafter, meet the following standards:
All alarm systems must meet reasonable safety standards, such as those acceptable to Underwriters' Laboratories or equivalent.
Every alarm system capable of signaling multiple types of warnings shall be equipped with separate distinguishing signals, as reasonably required by the New Jersey State Police, to the end that the appropriate authorities (including third-party providers), upon receipt of a signal, may immediately ascertain the nature and cause of the signal.
Alarm systems equipped with automatic calling devices connecting a private agency that shall then contact the New Jersey State Police, the Fredon Township Fire Department or any other state, county or local emergency personnel, shall be designed, installed or maintained to call only the number or numbers designated for that purpose by the New Jersey State Police and shall be equipped so that no message will be repeated more than three times. Such calling devices shall be of the digital type. Recorded-voice message devices are not acceptable.
All alarm systems capable of emitting audible signals shall be equipped with an operating device which will automatically, by mechanical, electrical or other means, shut off such audible signal after 15 minutes of continuous sound audible beyond the boundaries of the premises in which the alarm system is located.
In any case where the alarm system emits sound in violation of the foregoing subsection, the operation or maintenance of the alarm system shall be deemed to constitute the grant of permission by the owners and occupants of the premises for law enforcement, first-aid or fire officials to enter the said premises and investigate and to disconnect the alarm system.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any alarm system installed on the property occupied by the Township, county, state or federal government agency or office or to any self-contained smoke detection device, carbon monoxide, flood, or other security device having only an indoor audible or visual alarm system which is not audible except inside the premises where the alarm is located or installed.
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 Fredon, including a private alarm company, without first notifying the New Jersey State Police of:
Persons having an alarm device which is being tested or repaired shall notify the New Jersey State Police before tests or repairs commence and after completion of same so as to avoid the possibility of activating a false alarm.
Each person is responsible for whatever charges are required by any alarm company making such installation and, in addition thereto, such connection and monthly maintenance as required by the alarm company responsible for the alarm board.
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the New Jersey State Police. In the case of false alarms, the New Jersey State Police shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of said false alarms on file. For false alarms, the following penalties shall be imposed upon the person or persons having control over the alarm devices or who caused or allowed the false alarm, or both:
For the first false alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued;
For the second false alarm in any calendar year, a civil penalty of $25 shall be paid to the Township of Fredon;
For the third false alarm in any calendar year, a civil penalty of $100 shall be paid to the Township of Fredon;
For the fourth and subsequent false alarms in the same calendar year, a civil penalty not to exceed $500 for each occurrence shall be paid to the Township of Fredon, accompanied by an advisory letter from a licensed alarm company, dated within 30 days of the date of the most recent false alarm, stating that the system is operating properly. If a person fails to provide written proof that the alarm system is operating properly, as provided above, a civil penalty may be imposed up to a maximum of $1,000 in the municipal court's discretion. However, the civil penalty for a fifth false alarm or any subsequent false alarm in the same calendar year shall be $1,000, notwithstanding any language herein to the contrary.
Where the investigation of the New Jersey State Police discloses continued abuse of the privileges of the alarm system either by the property owner or the private alarm company and a disregard for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Township Committee shall have the right to require the disconnection of the alarm system permanently or for a limited period of time, upon the recommendation of the New Jersey State Police, provided any person whose alarm system is to be so disconnected, shall be given an opportunity, on five days' written notice, to show cause before the Township Committee at a public hearing why such action should not be taken. In an emergency, the New Jersey State Police shall be authorized to temporarily disconnect any alarm system.
All necessary steps shall be taken to immediately ascertain the cause of any false alarm and the problem shall be corrected by the person maintaining an alarm system or device within 72 hours or to show cause to the New Jersey State Police why the malfunction cannot be remedied within that time period. The New Jersey State Police shall have the discretion to grant an additional period of time within which to make the repair.
Testing of alarm equipment. Failure to properly advise the police desk of such test will be treated as a false alarm and be subject to the same penalties.
Any person who violates the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine as set forth in § 115-6 for false alarms, and for other violations, shall be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 or not more than 90 days in jail, or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days or any combination of the above.