Township of Westampton, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Westampton 7-5-1983 by Ord. No. 8-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AUTOMATIC ALARM DEVICE
Any alarm system which communicates or transmits alarms or prerecorded messages of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril as a result of the activation of the alarm system.
FALSE ALARM
Any erroneous or unfounded communication or sound, whether caused by the malfunction of an automatic alarm device, power failure or inadvertence, negligence or intentional or unintentional act of any person, firm or corporation, either directly or indirectly, to the Police Department of the Township of Westampton or to a commercial alarm service or to any person causing the communication of peril to the Police Department of the Township of Westampton.
[Amended 11-14-2000 by Ord. No. 16-2000]
FIRE FALSE ALARM
Any erroneous or unfounded communication or sound, whether caused by the malfunction of any automatic alarm device, power failure or inadvertence, negligence or intentional or unintentional act of any person, firm or corporation, either directly or indirectly, to the Fire Department of the Township of Westampton or to a commercial alarm service or to any person causing the communication of peril to the Fire Department of the Township of Westampton.
[Added 11-14-2000 by Ord. No. 16-2000]
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership or corporation.
A. 
No person shall install or permit to be maintained in the premises any automatic alarm system which directly or indirectly transmits an alarm or sound or prerecorded message of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril to the Police Department of the Township of Westampton. Any person upon conviction in the Municipal Court of the Township of Westampton of violating this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100.
B. 
Nothing herein shall prohibit a person from maintaining or operating a commercial alarm service employing the use of automatic alarm devices, provided that said device or alarm is not connected to the Police Department of the Township of Westampton. Furthermore nothing herein shall prohibit a person from using an automatic alarm device without connection to a commercial alarm service, provided that said device or alarm is not connected to the Police Department of the Township of Westampton.
[Amended 4-16-1990 by Ord. No. 5-1990]
A. 
Business properties holding or required to hold a mercantile license as set forth in Chapter 152. In order to minimize false alarms and the resultant unproductive time of the Police Department personnel, there shall be a fine of $25 paid by the owner of the business located upon the premises where the alarm is situated beginning with the sixth and each subsequent false alarm thereafter in any calendar year, upon conviction in the Westampton Township Municipal Court.
B. 
Residences. In order to minimize false alarms and the resultant unproductive time of the Police Department personnel, there shall be a fine of $25 paid by the homeowner beginning with the ninth and each subsequent false alarm thereafter in any calendar year, upon conviction in the Westampton Township Municipal Court. The difference in number of false alarms is due to less sophisticated alarm systems in residences.
C. 
Audible alarms must be silenced by the building, structure or facility owner, lessee or tenant or someone on behalf of such person(s) within 30 minutes after the same begins to emit an audible signal. Noncompliance with the above provisions shall be penalized in accordance with the Westampton Township ordinances.
[Added 11-14-2000 by Ord. No. 16-2000]
A. 
The Fire Marshal or the Fire Department will issue a false fire alarm warning form to the person on location representing the business. This form will be reviewed by the Fire Marshal. There shall be a fine as indicated below to be paid by the owner of the business located upon the premises where the alarm is situated beginning with the seventh and each subsequent false alarm thereafter in any calendar year, upon conviction in Municipal Court.
B. 
Violations and penalties.
(1) 
On the seventh alarm a penalty of $100.
(2) 
On the eighth alarm a penalty of $150.
(3) 
On the ninth alarm a penalty of $200.
(4) 
On the tenth and subsequent alarms a penalty of $250.