[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of Mount Olive 1-26-1982 by Ord. No. 4-82; amended in its entirety 11-23-2004 by Ord. No. 38-2004 (Ch. 76 of the 1990 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar, holdup, fire and any other emergency alarm equipment, whether by producing a visual or audible signal or whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means actuating a device or system which contacts the police communications center of Mount Olive Township and requiring response by the Police Department. Fire Department or other municipal agencies. The goal being to provide a quicker and safer response to the community by emergency personnel with the assistance from alarms which help deter crime.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to alarm businesses and to any person or corporation who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device system or local alarm designed to produce a visual or audible signal of an emergency or designed to summon the Police, Fire Department or other municipal agency.
For the purpose of this chapter, certain words and phrases are defined as follows:
- ALARM DEVICE
- Any mechanical measure or electrical unit incorporating the detector, control equipment and the alarm-sounding device in one unit, providing warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- ALARM INSTALLATION
- Any alarm system or combination of devices or systems installed for one or more buildings at a location other than that of the alarm console.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Any electrical or mechanical equipment or any assembly of equipment or devices designed to signal the presence of an emergency or a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which the Police, Fire or EMS Department may be expected to respond.
- ENFORCING AGENT
- The Police Department or a designated representative, including but not limited to the Police Chief, Acting Police Chief, Fire Marshal and/or the Fire Subcode Official of the Township of Mount Olive.
- FALSE ALARM
- Any alarm or signal of an alarm system activated by inadvertence, negligence, intentional/unintentional act or alarms caused by mechanical failure, malfunctioning, improper installation or maintenance of the alarm system and related equipment are considered to be "false alarms." The owner or registrant of the alarm system is held responsible for all false alarms. In the absence of evidence of a burglary or attempted burglary or other emergency, it shall be presumed that an alarm is of a false nature.
- The abbreviation for Underwriters' Laboratories.
Editor's Note: The former definition of "registrant," which immediately followed this definition, was repealed 10-30-2018 by Ord. No. 28-2018.
Editor's Note: Former § 102-3, Registration required, was repealed 10-30-2018 by Ord. No. 28-2018.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A, regarding registration of alarms, was repealed 10-30-2018 by Ord. No. 28-2018.
All dial alarms are prohibited.
It shall be the responsibility of the owner/manager or agent of the facility to ensure the alarm system is working properly.
All fire alarm systems shall be installed in accordance with the fire prevention laws of the Township or higher authority.
Any person testing any alarm shall notify the Police Department immediately prior to and after the testing is completed. Failure to do so shall subject that alarm system to the penalties provided for false alarms.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 8-2006]
For each false alarm of any kind communicated to the police or fire communications facility, a record shall be kept by the Police Department and/or the Fire Marshal's office and an investigation shall be conducted, and where it is determined that such false alarms originate at the premises, the following procedure shall be adhered to:
For the first alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued by the enforcing agent.
For the second false alarm in a non-single-family residence in any given calendar year, a penalty of $100 shall be paid to the Township of Mount Olive.
For the third false alarm in a non-single-family residence in any given calendar year, a penalty of $150 shall be paid to the Township of Mount Olive.
For each subsequent false alarm in a non-single-family residence in any given calendar year after the third, the fine will increase by $100 for each subsequent false alarm and be paid to the Township of Mount Olive.
In the case of a single-family residence, the owner and/or occupant shall be issued a warning notice for the first and second false alarm in any calendar year. For the third and each subsequent false alarm, a penalty of $25 shall be paid to the Township of Mount Olive.
The Fire Marshal's office shall maintain all false alarm activity reports and shall collect all fines imposed. All monies received shall be turned over to the Finance Department within 48 hours of receipt.
For burglar alarms only, in the event that the enforcing agent discovers that more than two false alarms have originated with any permittee or there is continued abuse of the privilege of connection to the alarm console or a disregard of the permittee for taking remedial steps to avoid false alarms, the enforcing agent shall have 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 why such action should not be taken.
It shall be unlawful for any alarm device or alarm system to ring or put forth any sound which is audible on the exterior of the building for a period in excess of 30 minutes. Any violation of this requirement shall be punishable by a penalty of not more than $50 for each violation.
Each false alarm after the two warnings shall each be fined $50 per activation in any given calendar year.
[Amended 10-30-2018 by Ord. No. 28-2018]
Any person having a dial alarm device which calls a general police or fire number, upon discovery thereof, shall receive notice, in writing, from the enforcing agent requiring the owner to comply with the terms of this chapter within 10 days, or he shall be liable to a penalty of $50.
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof be punishable by one or more of the following: by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
Each incident shall be considered a separate violation.
Appeals can be made to the Chief of Police or his designee for residential alarm fines. The written appeal must be made within five business days of notification.