Township of Lower Merion, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Promulgated by the enforcing authority and adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion 7-21-1976 by resolution.{The regulations contained in this chapter were promulgated by the enforcing authority as required under Art. VI of Ord. No. 1768, adopted 5-19-1976 (see Ch. 123, Security of Buildings). As defined in § 123-7 of Ch. 123, Security of Buildings, the "enforcing authority" is the Building Regulations and Permits Department, the Police Department and the Fire Department of the Township of Lower Merion.} Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Security of buildings — See Ch. 123.
A. 
The enforcing authority shall review all investigation reports of crimes occurring in commercial buildings or multiple-dwelling buildings or the parking areas thereof, for the purpose of determining the existence of security deficiencies that may have contributed to the successful commission of the crime.
(1) 
Records of previous criminal activity on such properties shall be reviewed for additional information to be considered in the determination of potential for continued criminal activity.
(2) 
Records of doors and windows found open or unlocked by police during routine security checks shall be utilized as additional information in making crime hazard determinations.
B. 
When security deficiencies are discovered through these means and have been established as having contributed to the successful commission of a crime and thereby, uncorrected, carry a potential for additional criminal activity, the enforcing authority shall declare the particular commercial building or multiple-dwelling building or parking area thereof a crime hazard.
A. 
Inspections shall occur only after the enforcing authority has determined that a commercial or multiple-dwelling building or parking area thereof is a crime hazard.
B. 
In accordance with Article VII of Chapter 123, Security of Buildings, § 123-58, pursuant to a commercial building or multiple-dwelling building or a parking area thereof being declared a crime hazard, the enforcing authority will:
(1) 
Deliver or mail a written notice to the owner or designated agent containing the crime hazard declaration, the reasons therefor and inspection arrangements by the enforcing authority for the purpose of making remedial recommendations. Also, a copy of Chapter 123, Security of Buildings, shall be enclosed.
(2) 
Meet with the owner or agent to conduct an inspection of the crime hazard, and provide the owner or agent with a written inspection report enumerating the security deficiencies and remedial recommendations. A list of approved materials will be supplied in accordance with Chapter 123, and notification of the time period for correction and compliance, as provided in said chapter will be given. The owner or agent will be advised to submit a written plan or list of corrections to be made to the enforcing authority for approval, prior to implementation of such changes, as provided in Chapter 123.
(3) 
At the expiration of the time period for compliance, reinspect the crime hazard for the purpose of determining if the security deficiencies have been corrected in accordance with Chapter 123.
(4) 
Bring prosecution in all cases of noncompliance, in accordance with Chapter 123.