[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Long Beach 3-4-2019 by Ord. No. 19-05C. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is enacted in order to address false alarms to protect the public health, welfare, and safety. This chapter regulates alarm systems and is in addition to the criminal regulations relating to the false and baseless reporting of fire, explosion, crime, catastrophe, emergency, or any other related incident, as set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:33-3.
For the purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meanings given herein.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any device designed, when actuated, to produce or emit a sound or transmit a signal or message for the purpose of alerting others to the existence of an emergency situation requiring immediate investigation by private company, police, fire, or other party, except that this definition shall not include residential, battery-operated smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors not connected with an outside source or location.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal eliciting a response by private company, police, fire, or other party when a situation requiring a response by the Police Department and/or the Fire Department does not in fact exist.
- FIRE DEPARTMENT
- The volunteer fire companies located on Long Beach Island and that service the Township.
- TOWNSHIP ALARM ADMINISTRATOR
- The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter and the performance of any administrative duties regarding the regulation of alarm systems.
No person owning, using, or possessing an alarm system shall cause or permit the giving of false alarms, whether intentional, accidental, or otherwise.
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:18 of the Uniform Fire Code, the Fire Official is required to cause an investigation to be made of every reported fire alarm. In the case of false fire alarms which summon the Fire Department, the Fire Official shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file. Such record shall be prima facie evidence of the contents thereof. In the case of false alarms which summon the Police Department, the Police Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file. Such record shall be prima facie evidence of the contents thereof.
The Township Alarm Administrator shall compile, document, and keep a written record of all false alarms that summon an investigation.
After two false alarms at the same property within any calendar year, the Township Alarm Administrator shall charge the owner and/or lessee of the property such penalties and fees as outlined in this chapter.
A violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty, except that the following minimum penalties shall be applicable as a result of each false alarm, each of which shall be regarded as a separate and independent violation.
Prior false alarms shall only count towards the total count for purposes of Subsection A above if the prior false alarms occurred within the same calendar year at the same property.
Municipal Court appearances for six or more false alarms within a calendar year shall be required. Municipal Court appearances for three to five false alarms within a calendar year shall be at the discretion of the Township Alarm Administrator.