City of Hazelwood, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 240.010 Purpose and Definitions.

[CC 1997 §38.1; Ord. No. 1308-78, 12-20-1978; Ord. No. 3721-06 §§1—2, 1-18-2006]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this Chapter is to provide minimum standards and regulations applicable to emergency alarm systems and alarm users as defined in this Chapter. False alarms require manpower and equipment out of service and create situations in the City which endanger life and property.
B. 
Definitions. For the purpose of this Chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
ALARM USER
Any resident or commercial or industrial establishment protected by emergency alarm; i.e., local voice, etc., equipment.
AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
An alarm which automatically sends over regular telephone lines a prerecorded voice message or coded signal indicating the existence of the emergency situation that the alarm system is designed to detect.
EMERGENCY ALARM
Any device which, when actuated by a criminal act, fire, unauthorized intrusion, or other emergency, activates a local noisemaking device, or transmits a prerecorded message, or other signal, by telephone, radio or other means, to a central station, modified central station, answering service or directly to the communications center of the Hazelwood Police Department.
FALSE ALARM
Any emergency alarm which is intentionally activated for any purpose other than to summon the Police Department, Fire Department or Emergency Medical Service in the belief that a need exists for an immediate emergency response.
LOCAL ALARMS
A signaling system which, when activated, causes an audible and/or visual signaling device to be activated in or on the premises within which the system is installed.
MALFUNCTION ALARM
Any emergency alarm which is inadvertently or negligently activated.

Section 240.020 False Alarms.

[CC 1997 §38.2; Ord. No. 1308-78, 12-20-1978; Ord. No. 3721-06 §3, 1-18-2006]
A. 
All false alarms to which the Hazelwood Fire and/or Police Departments respond shall result in the following service charges to the alarm user:
First (1st) false alarm
No charge
Second (2nd) false alarm
$5.00 fee
Third (3rd) false alarm
$15.00 fee
Fourth (4th) through tenth (10th) false alarm
$25.00 fee
Deliberate and intentional misuse
$100.00 fee
Willful refusal to pay such fee, service charge or penalty, as aforestated, shall be considered a violation of this Section and shall subject the alarm user to an order of removal and prosecution in the Municipal Court. On prosecution, the City shall prove, in addition to the willful refusal to pay, that the service charge was properly imposed.
B. 
The following shall not be considered false alarms, if shown by the user that:
1. 
Alarms were caused by the malfunction of the indicator in the Police Station;
2. 
Alarms were caused by the testing or repair of telephone equipment or lines;
3. 
Alarms were caused by an act of nature, such as earthquakes, floods, windstorms, thunder or lightning;
4. 
Alarms were caused by an attempted illegal entry, of which there is visual evidence;
5. 
Alarms were intentionally caused by the alarm user acting under a sincere belief that need existed to call the Fire or Police Department.

Section 240.030 Malfunction Alarm.

[Ord. No. 3721-06 §4, 1-18-2006]
All malfunction alarms to which the Hazelwood Fire Department or Police Department respond shall result in the following service charges to the user:
First (1st) malfunction/year
No charge
Second (2nd) malfunction/year
$25.00
Third (3rd) malfunction/year
$50.00
Fourth (4th) through tenth (10th) malfunction/year
$100.00
Any two (2) malfunctions in a seven (7) day period
$100.00
Three (3) or more malfunctions within fourteen (14) days
$500.00

Section 240.040 Local Alarm Requirements.

[CC 1997 §38.3; Ord. No. 1308-78, 12-20-1978; Ord. No. 3721-06 §§5—6, 1-18-2006]
A. 
Local Alarms. All emergency alarm systems equipped with an exterior sound-producing device, including but not limited to gongs, buzzers, sirens, bells or horns, shall, within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this Chapter, be equipped with a timing device which limits the operation of said alarm to thirty (30) minutes.
B. 
Automatic Dialing Devices. All automatic dialing devices shall be installed on a separate telephone line to the Police Department. No such device shall be keyed to a primary trunk line of the City of Hazelwood's emergency number.

Section 240.050 Non-Liability of City.

[CC 1997 §38.4; Ord. No. 1308-78, 12-20-1978; Ord. No. 3721-06 §7, 1-18-2006]
The City shall not be liable for any defects in operation of automatic dialing devices or signal line systems, for any failure or neglect to respond appropriately upon receipt of an alarm from any such source, nor for the failure or neglect of any person. In the event the City finds it necessary to disconnect an emergency alarm system, the City shall incur no liability by such action.

Section 240.060 Penalties.

[CC 1997 §38.5; Ord. No. 1308-78, 12-20-1978; Ord. No. 3721-06 §8, 1-18-2006]
Anyone violating the provisions of this Chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine of not less than one dollar ($1.00), nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00). Each day that such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.