[Ord. No. 1224 §1, 5-21-1991]
The following definitions shall apply to terms used in this Chapter.
- ALARM SIGNAL
- A signal detectable audibly, visually or both, to which the Police are expected to respond on an emergency basis, generated by an alarm system, indicating the commission of, or attempt to, commit a crime.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any single device or assembly of equipment designed to signal the occurrence of an illegal entry or other emergency requiring immediate attention and to which the Police are expected to respond.
- ALARM USER
- Any person in possession of any building, structure or facility, or part thereof, who purchases, leases, contracts for or otherwise obtains an alarm system; any person who contracts for the servicing or maintenance of an alarm system; any person who contracts with or hires an alarm business to monitor an alarm system.
- AUTOMATIC DIAL PROTECTION DEVICE
- An electrically operated instrument composed of sensory apparatus and related hardware which automatically sends over regular telephone lines a prerecorded voice alarm upon receipt of a stimulus from the sensory apparatus that has detected a force or condition characteristic of an unauthorized intrusion or an emergency message indicating a need for emergency response.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal eliciting a response by the Police when a situation requiring an immediate response does not in fact exist, such as when no breach of security has been attempted or committed.
- An alarm will not be considered a false alarm if it is determined that the alarm was caused by:
- 1. Natural or man made catastrophe, or an act of God. Such events include tornadoes, floods, earthquakes or other similarly violent conditions.
- 2. Vandalism causing physical damage to the premises.
- 3. Telephone line outage.
- 4. Attempted entry of a location causing visible, physical or other evidence of damage to the location.
- 5. Severe weather causing physical damage to the premises.
- 6. The test of a local alarm system by a licensed alarm business agent or employee who is present at the premises servicing, repairing or installing the alarm when such testing does not result in the alarm being activated for an uninterrupted period exceeding sixty (60) seconds, and when the Parkville Police Department has been notified of the test.
- LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm system which when activated causes an audible and/or visual signaling device to be activated only on the premises within which the system is installed and which is intended to be heard or seen by others outside of the protected premises.
- PERMIT YEAR
- Each twelve (12) month period beginning on the date of issuance or the succeeding anniversary date(s) of an alarm user's permit. The date of issuance for new systems shall be the actual date the permit is issued by the Parkville Department of Public Works or the date of the first (1st) false alarm reported by the system, whichever comes first. The date of issuance for existing systems shall be June 30, 1991.
[Ord. No. 1224 §2, 5-21-1991]
Permit Required. No person(s) shall use an alarm system as described in Section 230.010 after June 30, 1991, which is designed to elicit, either directly or indirectly, a Police response, without first obtaining a permit for such alarm system from the Parkville Department of Public Works.
Exception. A permit shall not be required to operate local alarm systems affixed to motor vehicles.
Existing Alarm Systems. All persons using an alarm system installed prior to the effective date of this Chapter shall obtain a permit before June 30, 1991, from the Parkville Department of Public Works authorizing the continued use of the alarm system.
Building Code Compliance. No permit shall be issued for a new installation until work required by the current Building Code and its amendments as adopted by the City of Parkville has been completed and final inspections made, and the work approved by the Department of Public Works.
Application. The permit shall be requested on an application provided by the Department of Public Works, which shall include:
Address. Address at which the alarm system is installed (not a post office box number).
Alarm user. Full name, street address and telephone number of the alarm user.
Property owner. Full name, street address and telephone number of the owner(s) of the property at which the system is installed.
Type of system. Description of the alarm system, including whether it is equipped to cease emitting an audible alarm sound within ten (10) minutes of activation.
Installer. Full name and address of the firm installing (or has already installed) the alarm system.
Date. Date the alarm system was or is to be installed.
Service. If the alarm system is serviced or maintained by someone other than the alarm user, full name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) monitoring the alarm system.
Monitor. If the alarm system is monitored by someone other than the alarm user, full name(s) and address(es) of the person(s) monitoring the alarm system.
Contact. Name, address and telephone number of a person to be contacted by the Parkville Police Department to facilitate compliance with this Chapter.
Additional information. Any other information required by the Department of Public Works or the Parkville Police Department to facilitate compliance with this Chapter.
Transfer of Possession. When the possession of the premises at which an alarm system is maintained is transferred, the person obtaining possession of the property shall file an application for an alarm user permit within thirty (30) days of obtaining possession of the property.
Advice of Changes. Whenever the information provided on the alarm user permit application changes, the correct information shall be provided to the Department of Public Works within thirty (30) days of the change.
[Ord. No. 1224 §3, 5-21-1991]
Existing Alarm Systems. False alarms reported by, or caused to be reported by, an alarm system used or installed prior to the effective date of this Chapter shall not be considered for any purpose until thirty (30) days after the effective date of this Chapter (May 21, 1991).
[Ord. No. 1224 §4, 5-21-1991]
Local alarm systems shall automatically discontinue emitting an audible sound within ten (10) minutes of activation. An alarm system which emits an intermittent signal shall discontinue emitting any audible sound within ten (10) minutes of activation.
[Ord. No. 1224 §5, 5-21-1991]
The Parkville Police Department shall, when requested by an alarm user, review the determination that an alarm was false. Such request must be made within fifteen (15) days of the date of the mailing or other delivery of the notice of false alarm determination. A request for review of a false alarm determination shall include at the least the following information:
[Ord. No. 1224 §6, 5-21-1991]
No automatic dial protection device shall be used to report, or cause to be reported, any recorded message from a Parkville location to the Platte County Communications Center without the prior permission of the Parkville Board of Aldermen.
[Ord. No. 1224 §7, 5-21-1991]
[Ord. No. 1224 §8, 5-21-1991]
Any person convicted of violating any provisions of this Chapter shall, unless the specific penalties of Section 230.080 (B) apply, be punished by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days or by both fine and imprisonment.
Any person convicted of using an alarm system which reports, or causes to report, seven (7) or more false alarms within a permit year, shall be fined in accordance with the following schedule:
First offense - seventh false alarm
Second offense - eighth false alarm
Third offense - ninth false alarm
Fourth offense - tenth false alarm
Fifth offense - eleventh false alarm
Sixth or any subsequent offense - twelfth and each subsequent false alarm
Each day of violation of any provision of this Chapter shall constitute a separate offense.