[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of South Hadley 1-11-2017 STM by Art. 14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any assembly of equipment and/or devices that are designed to be activated either manually or automatically for the purpose of drawing attention to the presence of a hazard, intruder, or situation, criminal or otherwise, to which the police are expected to respond.
- ALARM USER
- Any person or business on whose premises an alarm system is installed and maintained within the Town of South Hadley, except for alarm systems that are installed in motor vehicles. Municipal buildings are hereby excluded from the provisions of this bylaw.
- FALSE ALARM
- The activation of an alarm system or any signal or communication transmitted to the Police Department requesting, requiring, or resulting in a response from the police when, in fact, there has been no unauthorized entry or intrusion into the premises, and there has been no attempted robbery or burglary at the premises. Excluded from this definition shall be the activation of an alarm system by power outages, utility companies, motor vehicle accidents, severe storms and general maintenance and/or repairs to the alarm systems when the Police Department has been notified in advance of potential alarm activation.
All alarm systems that emit an audible signal shall be equipped with a device for limiting the length of the audible signal to 15 minutes.
[Amended 5-10-2017 ATM by Art. 13]
After the Police Department has recorded three separate false alarms, be they audible or otherwise, within a calendar year, the alarm user shall be assessed the following fees by the South Hadley Police Department: