[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Cohoes 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 21-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 189.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EMERGENCY ALARM
- Any alarm system designed to send a signal, recorded or otherwise, which terminates in any manner at the Police Department or Fire Department of the City of Cohoes, or any alarm system designed to emit an audible exterior signal at the scene of the installation.
Each and every emergency alarm system which terminates in a module at the Police or Fire Department must be electrically wired at a reversing relay at the subscriber's residence or place of business.
Each and every alarm system which is audible at the scene of the alarm shall be installed with a timer which will discontinue the signal after no more than 15 minutes.
Any property owner who transmits a fourth or subsequent false alarm within a calendar year, after three prior warnings, shall be guilty of a violation, whether caused by human error or malfunction of equipment at the subscriber's terminal. Wire trouble, caused by problems within the telephone lines, shall not be considered a false alarm. The intentional transmission of a false alarm shall be punishable under the New York State Penal Law. The penalty for the violation, after conviction, shall be a fine of no more than $250 and/or 15 days in jail.
The City of Cohoes shall not be liable for any defects in operation of emergency alarm systems nor for failure to respond appropriately nor for any erroneous response nor for the failure or defect of any alarm system pursuant to the provisions of this chapter with respect to the installation, operation or maintenance of equipment, the transmission of alarm signals or messages or the relaying of such signals or messages.
In the event that the City finds it necessary to disconnect a module or signaling device, the City shall incur no liability therefrom. Only the Police Chief shall have the authority to order such a disconnection, and only after all reasonable notice, warnings, and attempts to have the property owner or subscriber remedy any malfunction.
In the case of apparent false alarms received, it is mandated that a representative of the subscriber respond to the scene to verify the security of the premises.