City of Paterson, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Paterson 2-16-1982 as Ord. No. 81-096 (Ch. 9, Art. 20, of the 1979 Revised General Ordinances of Paterson). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 183.
Fire safety — See Ch. 215.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices, whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means, actuating a device at the public safety complex of the city and requiring response thereto by the Police Division, Fire Division or other municipal agencies.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
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 Division, Fire Division or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal. The terms of this chapter shall in no way prohibit alarm companies from providing service by private sources to other offices within or without the city, so long as such activity is not connected to the alarm console, except, however, that any person having a premises protected by such an alarm device shall still be responsible for compliance with this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM CONSOLE
The console or control panel of devices giving a visual or audio response, or both, and located within the confines of the Police Division of the city.
ALARM DEVICE
Any type of alarm system actuating equipment in the alarm console providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
ALARM INSTALLATION
Any alarm device or combination of devices installed for one (1) or more buildings at a location other than the alarm console.
COMMERCIAL, BUSINESS, NONPROFIT PREMISES
Any premises used for any and all purposes other than solely as a dwelling unit.
[Added 11-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-073]
DIAL ALARM
That type of device using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly through the police switchboard.
DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE
Limited to a member of the Police Division or Fire Division of the city.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence, intentional or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, and shall include as well alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment but shall not include alarms created by malfunction of the alarm console.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm or device which, when actuated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console, such as store or home burglar alarms actuating bell devices.
PERMITTEE
Any person owning an alarm device or a local alarm within the scope of this chapter.
PERSON
Includes any natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
RESIDENTIAL PREMISES
A premises solely occupied as a residence or dwelling unit.
[Added 11-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-073]
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008; 7-9-1991 by Ord. No. 91-037; 4-8-1997 by Ord. No. 97-021]
A. 
There is established a police alarm console in the public safety complex to be owned and operated by the city by members of the Police Division in accordance with rules and procedures established by this chapter and by the Director of Public Safety; the panel shall be maintained by the city through its employees or through independent contractors as may be determined by the Mayor and/or Council.
B. 
Any connection to the police alarm console shall be of a type inspected and approved by the Chief of Police of the city or his designated representative, and any person aggrieved by the decision may appeal the decision, in writing, within ten (10) days to the Director of Public Safety.
C. 
All alarms existing as of the date of the adoption of this chapter shall be connected hereunder to the alarm console, and no connection cost for such transfer shall be permitted.
D. 
Any permittee for any alarm device shall be required to register the same annually with the Police Division of the City of Paterson.
E. 
For any alarm system disconnected from the alarm console or any discontinuance of a dial alarm or a local alarm, the permittee shall be required to give notice thereof of such discontinuance.
F. 
Any permittee who shall have paid an annual fee previously authorized by Subsection D of this section to cover any portion of the calendar year 1997 shall be entitled to a pro rata refund for the portion of that fee which would cover the period from April 1, 1997, through September 30, 1997.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which owns or operates an alarm device shall make application for the continuance thereof, in writing, to the Chief of Police, which application shall contain at least the location of the device, the name of the installer of the device, the type of device, provisions relating to false alarms and testing procedures, a list of persons to be contacted in the event of an alarm and other information as may be required by the Director of Public Safety. In addition, any permittee shall list the names of three (3) persons, nonresidents of the premises protected by said alarm device and situated within one-half (1/2) hours' travel distance from the city who have keys to the protected premises.
The city shall be under no duty or obligation to any permittee hereunder, the alarm console and allied equipment being maintained at will and subject to termination at any time by cancellation of the system by resolution duly adopted by the Mayor and Council of the city, and any individual permit issued hereunder may be revoked at any time by the Mayor and Council upon recommendation of the Department of Public Safety, provided that thirty (30) days' notice is given, in writing, to the permittee. Any permit granted hereunder shall be accepted upon the express condition that the permittee shall indemnify and hold the city harmless from and on account of any and all damages arising out of the city's operation or failure of alarm console of the city or the permittee's alarm device.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008; 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068]
All fire alarm devices shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of the Fire Safety Code[1] or higher authority and with the approval of the Fire Chief.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 215, Fire Safety.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008; 7-9-1991 by Ord. No. 91-037]
A. 
In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Division in a manner to be prescribed by rules and regulations in accordance with § 109-12 of this chapter. In addition, in the case of false alarms, the Chief of Police or Fire Chief shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of said alarms on file.
B. 
For such false alarms, the Council prescribes the following penalties:
[Amended 11-25-2003 by Ord. No. 03-073; 6-9-2004 by Ord. No. 04-044]
(1) 
For the first, second and third false alarms in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued.
(2) 
For the fourth false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of not less than $50 shall be paid to the City of Paterson.
(3) 
For the fifth false alarm, a fine of $75 shall be paid to the City of Paterson.
(4) 
For the sixth false alarm, a fine of $100 shall be paid to the City of Paterson.
(5) 
For the seventh and subsequent false alarm, the fine will increase in increments of $100.
C. 
Where the investigation of the Police or Fire Divisions discloses continued abuse of the privilege or connection to the alarm console and a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the Council reserves the right to require disconnection from the alarm console for a limited or permanent time, provided that no such permit shall be revoked or suspended without giving the permittee an opportunity to show cause before the Council why such action should not be taken.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this chapter, and any person installing or maintaining unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this chapter, and each and every day the equipment is in operation shall be considered a separate violation. Any permittee shall by acceptance of the permit be deemed as having consented to inspection of the premises on which said alarm devices are installed at reasonable hours by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
Dial alarm devices shall be permitted only under the following conditions:
A. 
No dial alarm devices shall be allowed until a test alarm has been made by the owner in conjunction with the Chief of Police or Fire Chief or their representatives.
B. 
No dial alarm devices shall be permitted unless of a type approved by the Director of Public Safety in accordance with the rules promulgated under § 109-12.
C. 
All dial alarms shall be coded to dial a special separate number, which number can be obtained from the Chief of Police, and no dial alarm shall be coded to dial the number of the general police switchboard of the city.
D. 
All dial alarms devices shall be capable of disconnect to enable the owner to call the police switchboard to indicate that a false alarm has occurred.
E. 
The contents of any recorded message from a dial alarm device must be intelligible and in a format approved by the Chief of Police. No such message shall be transmitted more than three (3) times as a result of a single stimulus of the mechanism. Messages shall not exceed fifteen (15) seconds, and the time gap between delivery shall be approximately ten (10) seconds.
F. 
The sensory mechanism of such devices shall be adjusted so as to suppress false indications and not to be actuated by impulses due to pressure changes in water pipes, short flashes of light, wind, noises, rattling or vibration of doors or windows or other forces unrelated to general alarms.
G. 
All components of such equipment must be maintained by the owner in good repair, and when evidence exists that there has been failure to comply with the operational requirements of this chapter, the Chief of Police is then authorized to demand that such device be disconnected until such time as compliance with current requirements is reestablished.
[Amended 2-15-1983 by Ord. No. 83-008]
A. 
Local alarms shall be of a type that shall be limited to sounding an alarm for no more than thirty (30) minutes.
B. 
In the event that the Police Division has to respond to a false alarm for a local alarm, the penalties provided for in § 109-8 shall be applicable.
C. 
In the event of malfunction of the equipment or a real activation of the equipment and a person cannot be located to secure the device, the permittee shall be liable to pay a penalty of twenty-five dollars ($25.).
The Director of Public Safety may from time to time promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this chapter in order to provide for recordkeeping and efficient management of the system; provided, however, that the Council must first approve the rules or any changes thereto.
[Amended 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-068; 5-23-2006 by Ord. No. 06-049]
Any person, firm or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court of the City of Paterson for violation of the terms of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof, except that violations of § 109-8 are subject to punishment by payment of fines in the amount of $50. Fines for violation of § 109-8 are payable at the Violations Bureau without a court appearance. Costs of court of $30 will be imposed, consistent with New Jersey Court Rule 7:11-4, for all such payments.