[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Folcroft 8-20-1996 by Ord. No. 893 (Ch. 13, Part 3, of the 2006 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as and may be cited as the "False Burglar and Fire Alarm Control Ordinance."
Whereas the Council for the Borough of Folcroft has determined that the receipt of false burglary and false fire alarms indicating that emergencies exist is detrimental to the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the Borough of Folcroft, the Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Borough of Folcroft to safeguard and protect the residents of said Borough and the personnel of the Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department from such hazards and risks.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings ascribed to them:
- Any voice, mechanical or electronic signals reported, received or activated by means of telephone cables or other means of transmission, which signals are monitored by the Police and/or Fire Department of the Borough of Folcroft at their respective headquarters, or audible alarms which are reported to the Borough of Folcroft Police or Fire Department and which signals, upon report, receipt or upon activation, indicate to the Police and/or Fire Department that an emergency exists at the sending location. Said "alarm" shall include those types installed to indicate burglaries or fires at the sending location.
- The attempt to break into, the act of breaking into or the intrusion on the property of one person, partnership, association, syndicate, company, firm, trust, corporation, department, bureau, agency or other entity by another person where such actions are recognized by law as the subject of criminal law penalties.
- FALSE NOTIFICATION
- Any report or request for police or fire service directed to the Police or Fire Department by any means of communication wherein the situation, condition, incident or emergency that is the subject of the report or request does not exist.
- Any individual, partnership, association, firm, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, department, bureau, agency or other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
The Police Department shall have the power and duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
After the effective date of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to:
Cause, suffer, allow or permit the accidental or purposeful transmission of a false burglar or fire alarm signal from any public or private place in the Borough of Folcroft to the Police Department or Fire Department of the Borough of Folcroft, if said person is the owner, lessee or occupant of the structure in which a burglar or fire alarm has been installed.
Cause, suffer, allow or permit to be made any report or request for police or fire service or assistance by any means of communication wherein the situation, condition, incident or emergency which is the subject of the report or request for police or fire service or assistance does not exist.
No person shall install or maintain in any building, structure or establishment in the Borough of Folcroft an external audible alarm of any type which does not also contain an automatic cutoff system or feature automatically cutting off the source of power to the alarm after it has sounded for a period of no longer than 15 minutes.
[Amended 11-21-2006 by Ord. No. 990]
Any person who violates the above provisions of this chapter shall be issued a Borough of Folcroft "false alarm" ticket for each offense and shall pay a fine of $25. If said person fails to pay the Borough of Folcroft ticket within 10 days of issuance, said person shall be issued a state citation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense.