Village of New Paltz, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. 69 of the 1978 Code of the Village of New Paltz; amended in its entirety 7-11-2018 by L.L. No. 8-2018. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees is concerned that a large number of audible burglar, fire, and carbon monoxide alarm signals or signals transmitted to the Ulster County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center, Town of New Paltz Police Department and/or other local law enforcement agency from locations in the Village of New Paltz that are activated automatically as the result of defective or malfunctioning equipment or caused by the negligence of the owner or occupant of the premises, to which the Police or Fire Department is required to respond as the result of the signal and where an emergency condition is found not to exist, result in an unnecessary use of the personnel and resources of the Departments.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
A device or series of devices, including, but not limited to, devices interconnected with a telephone and/or radio frequency method such as cellular or private radio signals, which emit or transmit a remote or local audible, visual or electronic signal indicating an alarm condition and intended to summon the law enforcement and/or fire protection and/or medical emergency service and/or emergency services which perform services in the Village of New Paltz. "Alarm system" shall not include any personal alarm device nor any vehicle alarm device unless the vehicle is permanently located at a site where the device or the devices constituting the alarm system are intended to summon emergency services.
DISPATCHED
A verbal, electronic, or written communication to law enforcement or emergency services made through the Ulster County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center, New Paltz Police Department or other local law enforcement dispatch and caused through an alarm system, which actually causes a police officer, firefighter (paid or volunteer), ambulance corps volunteer or employee, rescue squad worker (paid or volunteer), or auxiliary member of any police or fire department or ambulance corps or rescue squad to physically leave the premises such person is at or change directions in their motor vehicle with the plan to respond (or actually responding) to what is perceived to be an emergency.
A. 
A need for prompt fire extinguishment or rescue services;
B. 
Medical service; and/or
C. 
A need for prompt police services due to an impending or actually occurring trespass, break-in, or robbery; and/or
D. 
A circumstance perceived by a human witness or believed by a person based on his or her actual observation or the observation of another human reporting such human's personal, observation, for anything described in Subsection A, B or C.
EMERGENCY SERVICES
A police department, fire department, fire district, fire company, ambulance corps, or rescue squad.
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an audible alarm system or of a signal transmitted to the Ulster County Emergency 911 Dispatch Center, Town of New Paltz Police Department or other local law enforcement agency, giving notice of fire, unlawful entry, or other damage to or intrusion upon property where, upon response by the Fire or Police Department, the condition of fire, unlawful entry, damage, or intrusion upon property is found not to exist. It shall not be deemed a false alarm where the system or signal is activated by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, lightning, thunderstorm, earthquake, or an interruption in the electrical or telephone services to the premises without the knowledge or control of the owner or occupant thereof.
LAW ENFORCEMENT
The Town of New Paltz Police Department, Ulster County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police and other local law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement shall also include the dispatchers, civilian or otherwise, who answer the phones at any structure or portion thereof used by law enforcement to dispatch police officers or emergency services to potential emergencies.
A. 
Effective September 1, 2018, the owner or occupant of any premises in the Village of New Paltz upon which a burglar alarm system is operated shall provide the following information in writing to the Town of New Paltz Police Department:
(1) 
The name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of the property owner and occupant;
(2) 
The property location both by street or postal address and tax roll identification number;
(3) 
The number of individual tenants or subtenants occupying the premises;
(4) 
The name and address of the person or company who installed the alarm system, if known;
(5) 
The name, address and telephone number of the alarm monitoring or servicing company; and
(6) 
If the premises are not registered with an alarm monitoring company, the name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of at least one other person to receive notice of the activation of the alarm system if the owner or occupant of the premises is not available.
B. 
The Town of New Paltz Police Department shall be notified by the owner or occupant within 15 days of any change in the information previously provided in § 63-3A.
C. 
Effective September 1, 2018, the owner or occupant of any premises in the Village of New Paltz upon which a fire or carbon monoxide alarm system is operated shall provide the following information in writing to the Village of New Paltz Building Department:
(1) 
The name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of the property owner and occupant;
(2) 
The property location, both by street or postal address and tax roll identification number;
(3) 
The number of individual tenants or subtenants occupying the premises;
(4) 
The name and address of the person or company who installed the alarm system, if known;
(5) 
The name, address and telephone number of the alarm monitoring or servicing company; and
(6) 
If the premises is not registered with an alarm monitoring company, the name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of at least one other person to receive notice of the activation of the alarm system if the owner or occupant of the premises is not available.
D. 
The Village of New Paltz Building Department shall be notified by the owner or occupant within 15 days of any change in the information previously provided in § 63-3C.
A. 
A member of the Police Department who is dispatched to a premises in response to the communication of a signal which is determined to be a false alarm shall, within two hours thereafter, file a written report with the Town of New Paltz Police Department setting forth the date, time, premises, location, whether an owner or occupant was present, whether there appeared to be any fire, unlawful entry, intrusion, or other damage to the premises, and whether it appeared that the alarm signal was activated by a natural disaster as above described.
B. 
The Town of New Paltz Police Department shall maintain a record of the reports of false alarms transmitted to the center from premises in the Village of New Paltz.
C. 
A member of the Fire Department who is dispatched to a premises in response to the communication of a signal which is determined to be a false alarm shall, within two hours thereafter, file a written report with the Village of New Paltz Building Department setting forth the date, time, premises, location, whether an owner or occupant was present, whether there appeared to be any fire, carbon monoxide gas release or other damage to the premises, and whether it appeared that the alarm signal was activated by a natural disaster as above described.
D. 
The Village of New Paltz Building Department shall maintain a record of the reports of false alarms transmitted to the center from premises in the Village of New Paltz.
A. 
More than two false alarms; current registration with Town.
(1) 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than two false alarms shall have previously been given within any twelve-month period and who shall have, at the time of the first alarm, maintained current registration information with the Town of New Paltz Police Department as required by § 63-3 hereof shall be deemed to have committed an offense in violation of this chapter and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine set forth in the most-current fee schedule for the first violation and by a fine as set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.
(2) 
Any fine collected by the Village hereunder shall be remitted to the Town of New Paltz.
B. 
More than one false alarm; no current registration with Town.
(1) 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than one false alarm shall have been given within any twelve-month period and who shall not have, at the time of the first alarm, maintained current registration information with the Town of New Paltz Police Department as required by § 63-3 hereof shall be deemed to have committed an offense in violation of this chapter and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine as set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for the first violation and by a fine of not more than that set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.
(2) 
Any fine collected by the Village hereunder shall be remitted to Town of New Paltz.
C. 
More than two false alarms; current registration with Village.
(1) 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than two false alarms shall have previously been given within any twelve-month period and who shall have, at the time of the first alarm, maintained current registration information with the Village of New Paltz Building Department as required by § 63-3 hereof shall be deemed to have committed an offense in violation of this chapter and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine set forth in the most-current fee schedule for the first violation and by a fine as set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.
(2) 
Any fine collected by the Village hereunder shall be retained by the Village of New Paltz.
D. 
More than one false alarm; no current registration with Village.
(1) 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than one false alarm shall have been given within any twelve-month period and who shall not have, at the time of the first alarm, maintained current registration information with the Village of New Paltz Building Department as required by § 63-3 hereof shall be deemed to have committed an offense in violation of this chapter and shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine as set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for the first violation and by a fine of not more than that set annually by resolution of the Board of Trustees for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.
(2) 
Any fine collected by the Village hereunder shall be retained by the Village of New Paltz.