[HISTORY: 1984 Code §§ 34-1—34-11 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments d where applicable.]
As used herein, the following words and phrases shall be defined as hereinafter indicated:
- ALARM INSTALLATION
- Any alarm, system or combination of systems installed for one or more buildings at a location.
- DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE
- A member of the South Amboy Police Department or the representative of any firm employed by the City of South Amboy for the purpose of installing and maintaining the alarm system.
- DIAL ALARM
- Any alarm system which, when activated, automatically or electronically selects a telephone line connected to a central alarm station or to the South Amboy Police Department, reporting either a line or prerecorded message requesting police assistance.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, and includes as well alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm system or other irrelevant equipment, but not including alarms created by malfunction of the alarm system.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm or system which, when activated, produces a signal, such as a store burglar alarm's actuating bell or similar device, the purpose of which is the attracting of attention to the premises.
- Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation, association or other legal entity.
- Any person owning an alarm system or local alarm within the scope of this chapter.
- The individual, company or corporation who has been contracted to install and maintain an alarm system in the South Amboy Police Department.
Prior to any local alarm being installed, the subscriber shall register said alarm by filling out an application with the South Amboy Police Department and shall pay an application fee of $50, payable to the City of South Amboy.
All subscribers or persons with local alarms shall, by January 15 of each and every year, reregister with the South Amboy Police Department by filling out a renewal application and paying a renewal fee of $10.
It shall be unlawful for any local alarm to ring or put forth any other sound for a period in excess of 10 minutes.
All dial alarms and central office alarms shall be registered by the subscriber by completing an application form furnished by the South Amboy Police Department.
The registration/application fee of $50 shall accompany the application.
All subscribers or persons with dial alarms and central office alarms shall, by January 15 of each and every year, reregister with the South Amboy Police Department by filling out a renewal application and paying a renewal fee of $15.
The dial alarm or central office alarm shall be coded to dial the number of the general police switchboard or such other number as authorized by the South Amboy Police Department.
The total length of the message shall not exceed 15 seconds.
The message is to be received by the South Amboy Police Department on the designated number no more than twice.
All dial alarm devices and central office alarms must provide an automatic line seizure feature in the event that the line is busy with incoming or outgoing calls.
Buildings with multiple units or apartments that use one company for their central office reporting shall be required to register one building and alarm company, as opposed to every unit or apartment.
A record of each false alarm of any kind communicated to the South Amboy Police Department shall be kept by the Department. When it is determined that such false alarm originated at the subscriber's premises, the following procedure shall be adhered to:
For the first and second false alarms given in a twelve-month period defined as January 1 to December 31, a warning shall be issued by the South Amboy Police Department to the subscriber.
In the event that the South Amboy Police Department, through its designated representative, discovers that more than two false alarms have originated with any subscriber without the subscriber taking remedial steps to avoid such conditions, the Chief of Police shall have the right to require disconnection of any alarm system; provided, however, that no such connection shall be revoked without the subscriber having an opportunity to show cause before the South Amboy City Council why such action should not be taken.
Any person testing any alarm covered under the terms of this chapter shall notify the South Amboy Police Department immediately prior to and after testing. Failure to do so shall subject the subscriber to the penalty provided for false alarms.
Where a subscriber has both a fire alarm and a burglar alarm, said alarms shall be wired to give a distinctive indication as to the cause of the activation of the alarm.
The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to promulgate such rules and regulations as are, in his judgment, necessary to implement the provisions of this chapter; provided, however, that the Mayor and Council shall first approve such rules and regulations by an appropriate ordinance.
The South Amboy Police Department shall be empowered to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Penalties for repeated false alarms; exceptions. Penalties for false alarms transmitted in a calendar year shall be as set forth herein. Any alarm call that is canceled by a Central Monitoring Station prior to the dispatch of the Police Department or Emergency Medical Service to the location of the alarm shall not be considered a false alarm. Fire alarms can not be canceled.