[HISTORY: Adopted by the Police Department of the Village of Southampton 7-14-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
An alarm business must offer for sale only that equipment certified as accepted by the Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
An alarm business must maintain a place of business that is accessible for the inspection of records by the licensing authority.
An alarm business must maintain and keep available for inspection adequate records of all sales, installations and modifications of police alarm devices done by it in the Village of Southampton.
An alarm business must submit in complete form the application and supplement available from the licensing authority.
An alarm business, in addition to the application and supplement, must provide proof of insurance having the Village of Southampton as coinsured against any claim arising from the sale, installation or operation of an emergency alarm device in the Village of Southampton.
Alarm agents shall be employees of licensed emergency alarm companies.
They shall not have a record of criminal offense against people or property.
They shall be recognized as competent and qualified to perform the duties of an alarm agent.
Each application for alarm agent must be accompanied by a payment of $25. Five general use permits will be issued to acceptable agents employed by the same company.
Additional acceptable applications from the same company will be issued limited use permits according to the following conditions:
The permit will be on file at police headquarters.
The agent holding the permit must first appear at police headquarters before acting as an alarm agent in the Village of Southampton and receive proper identification.
This identification must be returned to police headquarters upon the completion of the agent's service or a twenty-four-hour period, whichever comes first.
The application fee of $25 will be refunded upon the issuance of a limited permit.
Dial alarm devices shall be programmed to call the Police Department only on telephone number.
The message must follow the approved format available on the application form.
The total length of the message must not exceed 15 seconds.
The message should be received by the Police Department twice, but not more than twice.
The device must have an automatic line seizure feature in the event the line is being held by an incoming or outgoing call.
The following applies to all alarm equipment either existing or installed in the future:
Every system must operate on house current and be equipped with a standby battery power supply sufficient for at least 24 hours.
Every system must be equipped with a switch to silence the audible alarm bell at the residence without deactivating the connection to police headquarters. It is strongly urged that this bell be silenced while the resident is not home and the system is in operation.
The following applies to all systems installed after April 1, 1972:
All police alarm equipment sold or leased in the Village of Southampton must have been certified as acceptable by Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc.
Police alarm equipment may be sold, leased or installed only by alarm companies licensed by the Village of Southampton.
Police alarm equipment may be installed only by alarm agents licensed by the Village of Southampton.
Every system must be equipped with a time delay of at least 15 seconds before signal connection to Police Department is activated.
Every system must be equipped with a red reminder light to indicate alarm system is in operation. This light must be installed in an obvious location at the principal entrance/exit from the residence. It may be located on either the inside or the outside of the residence.
In the event of a malfunction in the system or connection to police headquarters, the owner of the system will be notified in writing that he has three business days in which to correct the malfunction and restore the system to proper operating condition. If at the end of three business days the malfunction has not been corrected, the alarm will be disconnected at police headquarters and may be ordered out of service at the residence. Upon reapplication to the licensing authority by the owner or lessee of the system in the form of a written certification by a licensed alarm business that the malfunction has been corrected, the system will be reconnected to the monitor console.
Reasonably unavoidable malfunctions other than those caused by human error in tripping an alarm device shall not count as a "charged" false alarm for the purposes of Section 9c of Local Law No. 1 of 1972.
[Amended 6-19-1981 by resolution]
No alarm panels shall hereafter be installed in police headquarters. All alarm panels now located in police headquarters shall be removed therefrom forthwith. Any alarm panel not removed from police headquarters by July 1, 1981, which results in a police response to an alarm, shall be deemed to be a false emergency alarm for which a charge of $25 shall be made to the business license who maintains such alarm panel for each such response.
Establishments, residences and businesses equipped with alarm systems which are audible outside the structure shall be equipped with automatic reset capability which will terminate the audible signal. Those establishments, residences and businesses so equipped prior to June 24, 1980, with systems which will terminate the audible signal in 15 minutes may continue. All other systems following June 24, 1980, shall be equipped with automatic reset capability so that the audible alarm shall be terminated in not more than 10 minutes.