Township of Peters, PA
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of Peters Township at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 165.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 212.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 315.
This chapter shall be known as the "Peters Township, Alarm System Ordinance."
[Amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
Any device designed or used for detection of a physical force or condition inherently characteristic of a fire, intrusion into a building, structure or facility or for alerting persons in the attempt or commission of a crime or an emergency situation involving potential death or serious injury and which is directly connected to an audible alarm or the transmission of a related signal or message which is used to evoke an emergency response to any address or separate component of any system.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an alarm system or the report of such an activation by a property owner, lessee or any other person occupying or otherwise on any premises within Peters Township to which a public safety agency responds when a crime, fire or other emergency has not occurred. This shall also be taken to mean false alarms as defined by the National Fire Incident Reporting System.
PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCY
Any municipal agency including the Police Department, Fire Department and any other duly constituted municipal authority, including but not limited to, the Washington County Communications (911) Center.
The Peters Township Council, under authority granted to it by the Home Rule Charter, hereby enacts the herein chapter which shall be supplemental to enforcement under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code Section 7511 [18 Pa.C.S.A. § 7511 (1998)].
The Council of Peters Township finds and declares that:
A. 
Many of the emergency alarms to which the Peters Township Police and emergency personnel respond are false. False alarms are herewith deemed to be nuisances resulting in a waste of municipal manpower and creating the potential for serious injury to police officers, Fire Department personnel, and other emergency personnel responding to a false alarm. Further, when said personnel are responding to false alarms, they are not available for the protection of residents and the general public of the Peters Township Police territory.
B. 
The danger created by emergency responses from false alarms is unnecessary and hazardous.
C. 
The unnecessary waste of public revenue through responses to false alarms should be eliminated.
D. 
False alarms have created conditions causing danger and annoyance to the general public.
[Amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817]
It shall be unlawful for the property owner, lessee or any person occupying or otherwise on any premises within Peters Township to make, or cause to be made, a false fire or security alarm, directly or indirectly, to any police, fire department or agency responding to alarms within the Township. A person and/or entity that causes or permits to be caused a false alarm violates this chapter.
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Editor’s Note: Former §§ 105-5, Application for alarm permit, 105-6, Alarm permit transfer, and 105-7, Alarm permit fees, were repealed 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817. This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former §§ 105-8 and 105-9 as 105-8 and 105-7, respectively.
[Added 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817]
A. 
All fire alarms shall be built and maintained to the standards defined in NFPA 72 and Chapter 165, Construction Codes, Uniform, of the Code of Peters Township.
B. 
All components of a burglar or criminal alarm system must be maintained by the property owner or lessee in good repair to assure maximum reliability of operation.
C. 
The Township shall retain the authority, at reasonable times and upon written or oral notice, to enter upon any premises within the Township and to inspect the installation and operation of an alarm system to ensure compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817]
A. 
Any person or other entity who, after receiving notice, written or oral, from the Peters Township Police, that police, emergency personnel or other municipal officials have responded to two false alarms as defined in this chapter during one calendar year shall thereafter pay a service fine of $50 for a third false alarm in the same calendar year, $75 for a fourth alarm in the same calendar year, and $100 for the fifth alarm, and the sixth and subsequent alarms will be fined at $300 per false alarm thereafter, in the same calendar year, plus the costs of prosecution.
B. 
For the purpose of determining the number of false alarms, the repeated alarms in a twenty-four-hour period shall be deemed as one false alarm.
The information furnished and secured pursuant to this chapter shall be confidential in character and shall not be subject to public inspection other than as allowed by Pennsylvania law, and all records shall be so maintained that the contents thereof shall not be divulged to anyone except to the persons charged with the administration of this chapter.
[Amended 6-26-2017 by Ord. No. 817]
This chapter shall be effective five days from the date of its adoption and advertisement.
Enforcement of this chapter shall be supplemental to enforcement under the Pennsylvania Crimes Code Section 7511 [18 Pa.C.S.A. § 7511 (1998)].