[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of South River 5-28-1980 by Ord. No. 1980-21 (Ch. 65 of the 1977 Code); amended in its entirety 4-10-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-9. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
To ensure efficient public safety, there is a need in the Borough to maintain a Borough registry of security alarm systems. This Code section is designed to assist in creating this registry while ensuring any costs associated with such a registration are not intrusive. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon the Police or Fire Department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal, including but not limited to central monitored alarms.
False alarms have a cost on all Borough residents due to the time public safety officials must commit to investigating all alarm calls. While we understand that accidents do happen, repeated false alarms create the potential for an unsafe situation to occur. This chapter is designed to discourage repeated false alarms.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any type of alarm system actuating a noise device heard outside of the alarm premises and/or activating a call to the South River Police Department from a centrally monitored station, providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, in which the police respond and shall include, as well, alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment.
- ALARM REGISTRANT
- The person registering the alarm device.
- LOCAL ALARM
- Any alarm device which, when actuated, produces a signal or noise outside of the premises and/or a phone call to the South River Police Department from a central monitored station.
Every person installing an alarm system within the Borough shall make application to the Borough Clerk for a permit to do so. The application shall be in such form as the Borough Council shall prescribe and shall include all information required by the Chief of Police to enable him to effectively carry out his public safety responsibilities.
Every registrant shall accept the responsibility for the proper operation of the alarm system up to and including the line connection.
If unregistered: A penalty shall be assessed at a premium rate of $25 over the penalty assessed on unregistered false alarms. This penalty shall be waived if the owner registers his or her alarm within 10 days of receipt of this penalty.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C, pertaining to accrual of penalties, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-11.
A person shall be deemed to be in violation of this chapter if the following has been found:
Operating an unregistered device or an alarm device with a registration that is unreasonably out of date.
Each and every day that such alarm device is in operation subsequent to the compliance date for a cited violation of this chapter shall be considered a separate violation.
A person shall be excused from liability for a false alarm if it can be demonstrated that the alarm occurred because of telephone line interference or other similar reason beyond the control of the licensee and/or permittee. Failure to make necessary repairs to an alarm system shall not be an adequate excuse for a false alarm, nor shall the negligence of employees in setting or disarming the system be considered an adequate excuse for false alarms.