[HISTORY: Adopted by Township Council of the Township of Byram 2-1-1988 by Ord. No. 14-1987. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise from alarms — See Ch. 171.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide minimum standards and regulations for the use of privately installed burglary, robbery and fire alarm systems, to require registrations, to establish fines and to create an administrative apparatus.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM BUSINESS
- Any business operated by a person for a profit, which engages in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing, monitoring or responding to a fire, burglar or holdup alarm system or which causes any of these activities to take place. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this chapter, the term "alarm business" shall not include a developer or homeowner who sells an alarm system as part of a sale or transfer of a residential dwelling unit.
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm-activating equipment which provides warning of burglary, intrusion, fire, flood or like peril.
- A. An assembly of equipment and devices (or a single device such as a solid-state unit which plugs directly into a one-hundred-ten-volt AC line) arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which police and/or firefighters are expected to respond. In this chapter, the term "alarm system" shall include but not be limited to:
- B. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this chapter, the term "alarm system" shall not include self-contained battery- or electrically-powered smoke-detector units which give out an audible signal.
- ALARM USER
- Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind in possession or control of any building, structure or facility wherein an alarm device or system is maintained.
- FALSE ALARM
- An alarm signal eliciting a response by police and/or firefighters when a situation requiring a response by police and/or firefighters does not in fact exist.
Registration shall be required for each alarm system within the Township of Byram on the effective date of this chapter. Users of systems in place on that date shall complete the registration form within 30 days after this chapter takes effect
Any person utilizing an alarm system shall complete and file with the Police Chief a registration form, which may be obtained from the Police Chief, correctly containing the following information:
The full name of the applicant and his address, including an address description which will permit the appropriate municipal department to respond to the alarm.
The common name of the alarm premises.
The name and address of the person installing, maintaining and/or owning the system.
A description of the system operation, including, not by way of limitation, activation points of the system and the mechanism or mechanisms by which the system becomes activated.
The name and address of the person or business entity monitoring and initially responding to an activation of the alarm system and the telephone number for such person or business entity.
The names and addresses and telephone numbers of three persons to be contacted in case of alarm and/or malfunction.
Any additional relevant information specifically requested by the Police Chief.
A copy of each registration form, after completion, shall be filed with the Police Department.
A registration fee as set forth in Chapter A287, Fees, shall be due and payable to the Township Clerk for dwelling units and for all applicants other than dwelling-unit applicants at the time the registration form is completed. If two separate systems or a single system with two separate functions is involved, then separate fees shall be required for each such system or function, which fee in no instance shall exceed the fee set forth in Chapter A287, Fees.
[Amended 2-4-2008 by Ord. No. 2-2008]
If there has occurred any material change in the information previously submitted with respect to any alarm system by the alarm user, it shall be the duty of the alarm user, within 10 days of such material change, to file a supplemental or revised registration containing accurate current information.
Failure to register an alarm system in accordance with the requirements of this section shall result in a penalty of $50.
All alarm systems in commercial buildings shall be equipped with batteries.
Every burglar alarm must be provided with a device which will automatically set or shut off the alarm within 15 minutes after the time of activation.
Every burglar alarm system in a private dwelling shall be equipped with a time delay of at least 20 seconds.
If the alarm system is tied into, monitored by, responded to and/or serviced by a central station or answering service, upon activation of said alarm system, the central station or answering system shall verify the validity of the alarm prior to notifying the Police Department of the same, unless the alarm pertains to fire, in which case the Police Department shall be notified immediately without verification.
No police, fire or other public department or official shall be responsible in any way for the resetting or maintenance of any alarm system.
A new homeowner, occupant or user possessing or using an alarm system shall be responsible for notifying and recompleting the application form relative to the system with the Police Chief within 30 days of his, her or its purchase and/or transfer of title of the property.
The acceptance of any registration form by the municipality does not constitute the municipality's acceptance or approval of the alarm system involved and shall in no manner place upon the Police Department, Fire Divisions, Township of Byram or any other agency of the municipality any additional liabilities other than those statutorily incurred.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any alarm system installed on the property occupied by any Township, county, state or federal government agency or office.
It shall be the responsibility of each and every alarm user to complete the registration form in detail, and it shall be the alarm user's responsibility to obtain the necessary information in order to satisfactorily and substantively provide the information required.
In case of false alarms which summon the Police or Fire Department to investigate, the Police Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and shall keep a record of such false alarms on file. Such records shall be prima facie evidence of the contents thereof.
Investigation and record of alarms. In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department.
Penalties. For such false alarms, the following penalties shall be applied.
For the first and second false alarm in any given twelve-month period, a warning shall be issued.
For the third false alarm in the same twelve-month period, a fine of $50 shall be paid to the Township.
For the fourth and subsequent false alarms in the same twelve-month period, a fine of $100 shall be paid to the Township.