[R.O. 1996 § 210.010; CC 1968 § 14-240; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2177 § 1, 2-18-1992; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992; Ord. No. 3576 § 1, 6-16-2003]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this Chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- ALARM AGENT
- Any person, corporation, or partnership who is employed by an alarm business, either directly or indirectly, whose duties include any of the following: Selling, maintaining, leasing, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing, on or in any building, structure, or facility any alarm system.
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Shall mean and include any business engaged in any of the activities of selling, installing, servicing, altering, leasing, repairing, maintaining, replacing, moving, monitoring, or responding to an alarm system and causing any of these activities to take place.
- ALARM IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
- A number issued to an alarm subscriber by the Police Department of the City for the purpose of identifying that alarm system for dispatching and recordkeeping purposes. The decal on which this number is printed is commonly known as an "alarm permit."
- ALARM SUBSCRIBER
- Any person, corporation, or partnership that leases, contracts for, buys or otherwise obtains and operates an alarm system for the purpose of obtaining a response to the alarm from the Police, and on whose premises an alarm system is maintained, excluding audible alarms on motor vehicles.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device, which is designed or used for the detection of burglary or attempted burglary or fire, or for alerting others of the commission of a robbery or attempted robbery within a building, structure, or facility or both, and which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when activated for the purpose of deterring the intruder or notifying another person of the happening or both.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
- Shall refer to an alarm system, which automatically sends over the telephone switching network, a prerecorded voice message or coded signal indicating existence of an unlawful act or situation to which a Police or Fire Department response is requested. This definition refers only to those devices which terminate at any Blue Springs Police Department, Blue Springs Emergency Medical Service, or Central Jackson County Fire Protection District telephone line.
- CALENDAR YEAR
- Any year beginning January first, at 12:01 A.M. and ending at Midnight, December 31.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of a burglary, robbery, fire, or other alarm, whereby the Police or Fire Department are summoned to a location, and neither of these offenses or a fire have occurred or have been attempted, except that 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 or power outage.
- 4. Attempted entry of a location causing visible physical or other evidence of damage to the location.
- 5. 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 Blue Springs, Missouri, Police Department has been notified in advance of the test.
- TELEPHONE COMPANY
- The utility that furnishes telephone service to the City area.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.020; CC 1968 § 14-241; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992; Ord. No. 3576 § 2, 6-16-2003]
Prior to reporting any alarm to the Police, an alarm identification number for each separate system must be obtained by the alarm subscriber or by the installation contractor from the Police Department. It shall be unlawful for the subscriber to report an alarm to the Police Department without first obtaining an alarm identification number.
Application for the alarm identification number shall be signed by the applicant and, in addition to information prescribed by the Police Chief, shall contain these words: "Undersigned applicant agrees that the City of Blue Springs shall have no responsibility in rendering or not rendering any service or in termination of service in connection with any alarm or alarm system, any service being voluntary and solely for the benefit of applicant."
Application for the alarm identification number shall be made to the Chief of Police in the manner and form prescribed by the Chief of Police, and shall include the information needed to identify the owner (alarm subscriber), alarm monitor, and installation contractor, and the address where the alarm subscriber receives mail.
Alarm identification numbers may not be given to an alarm business or an alarm subscriber who has had ten (10) false alarms within any given calendar year until that false alarm problem has been corrected to the satisfaction of the City.
The alarm identification number, commonly referred to as an alarm permit, shall be displayed on the front storm door on the upper right-hand corner (as you face the exterior of your house or business). If there is no storm door, the alarm permit shall be displayed on the window nearest the front door on the lower right-hand corner (as you face the exterior of your house or business).
[R.O. 1996 § 210.030; CC 1968 § 14-242; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
All alarm sounding reported, either directly or by relay from an alarm business, shall be done in a manner prescribed by the Chief of Police.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.040; CC 1968 § 14-243; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2177 § 2, 2-18-1992; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992; Ord. No. 2605 § 1, 9-18-1995]
Upon receipt of the second false alarm within a calendar year a warning notice shall be issued by the Police Department or its designate to the subscriber and the alarm business monitoring the system, if any, notifying the subscriber and the alarm business that the second false alarm within a calendar year has occurred.
Service or response may be suspended to an alarm subscriber or alarm business if that alarm system has ten (10) or more false alarms within any given calendar year.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.050; CC 1968 § 14-244; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2177 §§ 3, 4, 2-18-1992; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992; Ord. No. 2605 §§ 2 — 3, 9-18-1995]
No person shall use, operate, or install any automatic dialing device that will upon activation, automatically initiate a telephone call and deliver a recorded alarm message to any telephone of a customer of the public telephone company, without the prior written consent of such customer.
It shall be unlawful for any person to install or have installed within a residence, business, or any building within the City limits an automatic dialing device or tape dialer that when activated sends a prerecorded voice message over a telephone cable or wire to the Police Department by the use of the City's 911 emergency telephone service or by use of any other telephone number assigned to the Blue Springs Police Department or the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.
Upon receipt of either the fourth or any subsequent false alarm within the calendar year, a partial expense reimbursement to the City shall be paid by the alarm subscriber for the alarm system which has falsely alarmed for that and each subsequent alarm. The partial expense reimbursement due the City for the fourth, fifth, and sixth false alarm in any given calendar year shall be fifty dollars ($50.00). The partial expense reimbursement for the seventh, eighth, and ninth false alarm in any given calendar year shall be seventy-five dollars ($75.00). The partial reimbursement for the tenth and all subsequent false alarms occurring within any given calendar year shall be one hundred dollars ($100.00).
An alarm subscriber who desires to appeal a partial expense reimbursement imposed by these Sections shall submit a written request for a hearing to the Police Department within ten (10) days of the receipt of the notice that the money is due. Said appeal shall be heard administratively by the Chief of Police or their appointed designee at a time specified after at least five (5) days' notice to the alarm subscriber who may be present in person or by representative at said hearing. The alarm subscriber may appeal such finding by the Chief of Police in accordance with the procedure set forth in Chapter 140 of the City Code. Payment of any partial reimbursement expense shall be stayed by any appeal herein pending final decision.
[Ord. No. 4589 § 2, 3-21-2016]
The City shall send the alarm subscriber notice of any partial expense reimbursements due, and said alarm subscriber shall pay the same within ten (10) days of the mailing of said notice to the address listed on the application for an identification number.
Failure to pay any due partial reimbursement expense as required shall be unlawful and is also sufficient basis for City to discontinue any alarm service provided to the alarm subscriber for the alarm system that gave rise to the partial reimbursement expense.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.060; CC 1968 § 14-245; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
Each alarm system with any exterior sound-producing device, including, but not limited to, gongs, buzzers, sirens, bells, or horns, shall be equipped with a time device which limits the operation of such exterior sound-producing device.
Residentially Zoned Property. Local alarm systems located within an area zoned residential or within five hundred (500) feet of an area zoned residential shall automatically discontinue emitting an audible sound within fifteen (15) minutes of activation. An alarm system which emits an intermittent signal shall discontinue emitting any audible sound within fifteen (15) minutes of activation. However, an alarm system installed prior to April 6, 1992, which does not have the capability to automatically discontinue the audible alarm sound within fifteen (15) minutes of activation shall not be subject to the requirement of this Section.
Property Not Zoned Residential. Local alarm systems located within an area not zoned residential and not within five hundred (500) feet of an area zoned residential shall automatically discontinue emitting an audible sound within thirty (30) minutes of activation. An alarm system which emits an intermittent signal shall discontinue emitting any audible sound within thirty (30) minutes of activation. However, an alarm system installed prior to April 6, 1992, which does not have the capability to automatically discontinue the audible alarm sound within thirty (30) minutes of activation shall not be subject to the requirement of this Section.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.070; CC 1968 § 14-246; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
All alarms terminating in the City's Police Department shall be connected only to equipment approved and authorized by the City. This direct connection will be allowed only after the user's alarm equipment has, at the option of the City, been inspected and approved by the City or its agents and only after the subscriber has acquired an alarm identification number. Only businesses and financial institutions and residences that were connected prior to April 6, 1992, may be directly connected to the Police Department. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disconnection of the alarm system from the Police Department. Any residence disconnected pursuant to this Section may not be reconnected directly to the Police Department. Connections will be allowed only for those systems whose signals are compatible with City-authorized monitoring equipment. If decoder adjustments are necessary, it is the user's responsibility. Space will be provided for necessary equipment and the work is subject to the approval of the contractor.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.080; CC 1968 § 14-247; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
All alarm users whose alarm systems do not terminate in the Police Department, who desire to terminate in the annunciator in the Police Department shall acquire the alarm identification number as outlined in Section 210.020. Only businesses and financial institutions may be directly connected to the Police Department. Prior to connection, the alarm user's system may be inspected and approved by the City or its agent. Connections will be allowed only for those systems whose signal is compatible with the City-authorized monitoring equipment. If decoder adjustments are necessary, they are the user's responsibility. Space will be provided for necessary equipment and the work is subject to the approval of the contractor.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.090; CC 1968 § 14-248; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
Annunciators in the Police Department shall be provided by a single supplier at the pro rata expense of the customers served thereby.
Editor's Note: R.O. 1996 § 210.100, Violations, which immediately followed this Section, was removed by the City during the 2019 recodification project.
[R.O. 1996 § 210.110; CC 1968 § 14-250; Ord. No. 1929 § 1, 3-19-1990; Ord. No. 2177 § 6, 2-18-1992; Ord. No. 2196 § 1, 4-6-1992]
Any person, corporation, partnership, or alarm business convicted of violating any provisions of this Chapter shall 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 thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.