[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Burgettstown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-6-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-01]
It is the intent of this article to reduce the false alarms and false notifications to the Police Department and fire company that emergencies exist or situations exist wherein police or fire assistance or investigation is required, as they are detrimental to the welfare and safety of the citizens of Burgettstown Borough and the members of the actual and/or designated Police Department and the fire company, and the receipt of said false alarms and notifications detracts from the efficiency of the Departments in discharging their responsibilities to the citizens of Burgettstown Borough. It is hereby declared to be the policy to safeguard and protect the citizens, the members of the Police Department and the members of all fire companies, present and future, from such hazards or risks.
Word usage. Words in the singular number include the plural, and words in the plural number include the singular; the present tense includes the future; the word "building" shall be deemed to include the word "structure." An individual shall be deemed to include any person, group, group of persons and/or partnership or corporation.
Words defined. Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following words shall, for the purposes of this article, have the meanings hereinstated:
- Any mechanical, electrical or electronic signal reporting by means of telephone cables or other means of transmission received by the Police Department or fire company, or audible alarm which is heard and/or called in by another, that an emergency exists at the sounding location. Said alarms shall include but are not limited to those types installed to indicate robberies, burglaries and fires.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any report or request for police and/or fire service or assistance by any means of communication as herein defined wherein the situation, condition, incident or emergency did not and does not exist.
- FIRE COMPANY
- The Burgettstown Volunteer Fire Company or any other fire company which may operate in Burgettstown Borough in the future.
- FIRE CHIEF
- The Fire Chief of Burgettstown Volunteer Fire Company or any other fire chief of any other fire company which may operate in Burgettstown Borough.
- POLICE DEPARTMENT
- The Burgettstown Borough Police Department and/or any other lawful police authority appointed by the Council of the Burgettstown Borough to generally enforce the laws of the commonwealth and the ordinances and policies of the Burgettstown Borough, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
The Police Department and the Burgettstown Borough Code Enforcement, or such other third party as the Borough Council may delegate, shall have the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of this article insofar as they relate to any false alarm or request for service or assistance.
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, including, but not limited to an owner or lessee of any building in which a fire, holdup or burglar alarm has been installed:
To cause, suffer, allow or permit the accidental or purposeful transmission of a false alarm signal from any public or private place to the Police Department or fire company.
To 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 did not and does not exist.
To fail to register with the Police Department an alarm system, to include, but not be limited to, burglary, robbery and fire, within 24 hours Of the installation. Registration is to include the name, address and telephone number of the subscriber and of the installer and the name, address and telephone number of at least one person who has the knowledge and means to reset the alarm.
In the event of a violation of this article, any police officer of the Police Department may present to the owner, tenant or occupant a notice indicating the nature of the offense and bearing the statement that no prosecution shall be instituted for 48 hours hereafter if during said forty-eight-hour period, the offender shall voluntarily appear at the office of the Police Department, and voluntarily enter a plea of guilty and pay a penalty of $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, and $75 for the third offense to the Burgettstown Borough. In the event such persons fail to comply with such notice, the offense will thereafter be prosecuted and the penalty collected in a manner prescribed by existing laws.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, 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 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.