[R.O. 1993 § 225.010; Ord. No. 309 § 1, 2-26-1979]
When used in this Chapter the following words shall have the meanings set out below:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- The business of selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing any alarm system in or upon any premises.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any mechanical or electric device designed to activate manually or automatically upon the detection of any unauthorized entry, intrusion, or other emergency in or on any building, structure, facility or premises through the emission of a sound or transmission of a signal or message.
- ALARM USER
- A person, firm or corporation who uses an alarm system to protect any building, structure, facility or premises.
- AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE
- Any alarm system which automatically dials a specific telephone number and transmits an emergency message by a recording over regular telephone lines when actuated.
- CHIEF OF POLICE
- The Chief of the Department of Police of Bel-Nor, Missouri, and includes his/her duly authorized agents.
- The Police Department of the City of Bel-Nor, Missouri, or the Police Department of St. Louis County, Missouri.
- DIRECT SIGNAL ALARM SYSTEM
- An alarm system which provides for a special telephone line that is directly connected to the Department and has an outlet at the Department which emits a sound or transmits a signal or both when actuated.
- The Director of Licenses of St. Louis County, Missouri, and includes his/her duly authorized agent.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any activation of an alarm system intentionally or by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act to which the Department responds, including activation caused by the malfunction of the alarm system, except that the following shall not be considered false alarms:
- 1. When the Chief of Police determines that an alarm has been caused by the malfunction of any indicator.
- 2. When the Chief of Police determines that an alarm has been caused by damage, testing or repair of telephone equipment or lines by the telephone company, provided that such incidents are promptly reported to the telephone company.
- 3. When an alarm is caused by an attempted and unauthorized or illegal entry, of which there is visible evidence.
- 4. When an alarm is intentionally caused by the resident acting under a reasonable belief that a need exists to call the Police.
- 5. When an alarm is followed by a call to the Department canceling the alarm by giving proper information, prior to the arrival of the Department at the source of the alarm.
- A person who has obtained an alarm business license under the provisions of this Chapter.
[R.O. 1993 § 225.020; Ord. No. 309 § 2, 2-26-1979]
No person shall engage in the "alarm business" in the City of Bel-Nor unless such person, firm or corporation has at all times in full force and effect and in good standing a license issued pursuant to the provisions of St. Louis County ordinances and at all times is in compliance with the terms and provisions of such ordinances.
[R.O. 1993 § 225.030; Ord. No. 309 § 3, 2-26-1979]
No person, firm or corporation shall have, use or maintain on his/her premises within the City of Bel-Nor, any alarm system which does not comply with the provisions of St. Louis County Ord. No. 8774 and any amendments thereto.
[R.O. 1993 § 225.040; Ord. No. 309 § 4, 2-26-1979; Ord. No. 487, 4-19-1993]
All false alarms to which the Police Department of the City of Bel-Nor or County Police Department respond shall result in the following service charge to the alarm user:
A warning for the first false alarm in any calendar year.
A twenty-five dollar ($25.00) service charge for the second false alarm in any calendar year.
A thirty-five dollar ($35.00) service charge for the third false alarm in any calendar year.
A forty-five dollar ($45.00) service charge for the fourth or any subsequent false alarm in any calendar year.
Upon determination by the Chief of Police that a false alarm has occurred, the Department shall send a notice to the alarm user notifying the alarm user of the determination and directing payment within thirty (30) days of any service charge that may be due.
The Department shall cancel any notice or service charge upon satisfactory proof by the alarm user that a particular alarm falls within the exceptions enumerated in Section 720.030(3), RSMo., as revised, and the St. Louis County ordinances.
Willful refusal to pay any such service charge within thirty (30) days of notice shall constitute a violation of this Chapter, but in any prosecution for violation of this provision, the City shall prove, in addition to the willful refusal to pay, that the service charge was properly imposed.
[R.O. 1993 § 225.050; Ord. No. 309 § 5, 2-26-1979]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this Chapter shall upon conviction thereof be subject to a penalty as set out in Section 100.220.