Village of Whitesboro, NY
Oneida County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Whitesboro 11-3-2001 by L.L. No. 5-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Alarm System Law of the Village of Whitesboro."
It is the purpose of this chapter to protect and promote the public health, safety and general welfare by eliminating avoidable false fire and burglar alarms and thereby ensuring that fire and police facilities and personnel will be available for actual emergencies. False alarms unnecessarily drain resources and require emergency responses, which contribute to increased accident rates and which delay responses to real emergencies.
This chapter applies to all installed fire and burglar alarms which are directly connected to a police or fire agency or to a private agency which, in turn, makes a connection to a police or fire agency or to no agency but merely sounds an alarm on the premises, each installed alarm having the purpose of notifying police and/or fire agencies or others that an emergency exists at the site of such installed alarm requiring an immediate response from police or fire agency personnel and equipment.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm reported or received by a local police or fire agency from an installed alarm which is caused by improper installation of the system, by a mechanical failure or malfunction of the system or is due to negligence on the part of the owner, user, custodian or other person responsible for the installed alarm. A false alarm does not include an alarm activated by a natural phenomenon such as a tornado, earthquake, or the like, or by acts of third parties, which are beyond the person responsible for the installed alarm.
INSTALLED ALARM
Any mechanical or electrical device installed in a building or on premises for the purpose of automatically notifying, directly or indirectly, police and/or fire agencies or sounding an alarm when a break-in or fire occurs and used for the purpose of summoning help from police or fire agencies.
A. 
Effective immediately, a permit is required for the installation and/or operation of any installed alarm, which serves to alert, either directly or indirectly, the Police and/or Fire Department. Permits for those installed alarms which are now in operation must be obtained within 90 days of the effective date of this chapter by the owner/lessee of such premises.
B. 
There will be no cost to the applicant for a permit. Permits will be issued by the Village Clerk upon completion of an application providing the following information:
(1) 
Date of application.
(2) 
Type of alarm.
(3) 
Name, address, and telephone number of the owner/lessee responsible for the alarm.
(4) 
Address and extent of premises protected by the alarm.
(5) 
Location of the alarm device enunciator panel(s).
(6) 
Offices or agencies notified by the alarm.
(7) 
Names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm, any time of the day or night, and who will respond to the alarm and are authorized by the alarm user to enter the premises.
(8) 
Other information required by the Clerk.
C. 
Applications received by the Village Clerk shall be deemed confidential and shall not be disclosed except as provided by law.
A. 
Any person who violates § 78-5 hereof, relating to the failure to obtain a permit for the installation and/or operation of an installed alarm, shall be deemed guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, which violation shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250.
B. 
The property owner and/or lessee of property to which an emergency agency responds as a result of false alarm shall be deemed guilty of a violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine based upon the number of offenses occurring within 12 months from the first offense, as follows:
(1) 
First offense: written warning.
(2) 
Second offense: $50.
(3) 
Third offense: $100.
(4) 
Fourth and each subsequent offense: $250.
C. 
The intentional transmission of a false alarm shall further be punishable under the provisions of the Penal Law of the State of New York.