[HISTORY: 1988 Code §§ 36-1 - 36-5 adopted as amended through December 31, 2013. Amendments noted where applicable.]
- CALENDAR YEAR
- January 1 to December 31 of any given year.
- CENTRAL MONITORING STATION
- Any type of security alarm system which, when activated, transmits a signal to an independent communication center not under the control of the Township of Wayne or the Police Department, which independent communication center, upon receipt of such signal, is to take appropriate action, including the relaying of such information to the Police Department communication center.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any signal of a security alarm system activated by inadvertence, carelessness or negligence, or an intentional or unintentional act of a person other than an intruder, and including as well signals caused by mechanical failure, malfunction or improper installation of the security alarm system and related equipment.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any type of alarm system, which, when activated, produces a signal not connected to a central monitoring station or monitored by some other agency such as an activating bell, siren or horn device providing warning of intrusion or other peril. The term "local alarm" shall not include a warning device on a motor vehicle, provided that the system is not interconnected with an alarm device, a direct or digital alarm. The term "local alarm" shall also not include any alarm designed to signal solely within the building, or series of buildings, (if owned by the same person) on which it is located and which is not designed to emit signals visible or audible to persons outside such building (or series of buildings).
- MEDICAL EMERGENCY ALARM
- Any alarm which, when activated, indicates an immediate medical emergency at the announced location.
- PANIC/HOLD UP ALARM
- Any alarm which, when activated, indicates some immediate peril at the announced location.
- Any individual, firm, company, partnership, corporation, association, group or society.
The Township of Wayne Police Department shall be responsible for the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for any person, owner, occupant or lessee of any commercial, industrial building or the owner and/or lessee of any single-family dwelling or multiple-family dwelling to:
Cause, allow or permit the accidental or purposeful transmission or audible sounding of a false alarm signal from any location within the Township.
Cause, allow or permit the report of any situation, condition, incident or emergency which required a police, fire or medical response and the report is subsequently determined to be unfounded.
In the case of a false alarm, the Chief of Police or his/her designee shall cause an investigation to be made and a record kept on file of the false alarm.
Alarm devices having an external audible alarm or any alarm installed outdoors shall be designed and shall contain the necessary device and equipment to limit the operation of a bell or sound producing instrument to a maximum of 15 minutes after activation. If any local alarm having an external alarm or an alarm installed outdoors has been activated and continues to produce an audible sound, alarm or ringing for more than 15 minutes, the person responsible for the alarm device shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1,250.
The person responsible for the alarm device shall designate an individual who shall have the authority to disable the alarm in the event the person responsible is not present and the alarm device has failed to automatically shut off after the 15 minutes time period. The person responsible for the alarm device shall notify the Central Monitoring Station of the individual and the contact information for that individual.
Penalties for false alarms transmitted from a school, business, commercial and/or industrial premises in a calendar year shall be as follows:
Penalties for false alarms transmitted from multiple-family dwellings, and single-family detached dwellings, individual townhouses and condominium unit dwellings and not-for-profit organizations in a calendar year shall be as follows:
Notwithstanding the terms and provisions of § 36-5A and B above, any alarm call that is canceled by a Central Monitoring Station prior to the Township of Wayne Police Department's arrival or emergency medical service's arrival at the location of the alarm shall not be considered a false alarm. Fire alarms can not be canceled.