As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ALARM SYSTEM
- An assembly of equipment and/or devices arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which police or fire personnel are expected to respond. This includes, but is not limited to, all burglar alarms, fire alarms, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, hold-up alarms, telephone dialer alarms, premises alarms, or alarms on motor vehicles.
- FALSE ALARM
- Accidental or unintentional activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system. Alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, other infrequent violent conditions, or acts of God, shall not be considered false alarms.
All persons, firms, or corporations are solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of any alarm system located on their premises.
A maximum of three false alarms shall be allowed from any alarm system of any person, firm, or corporation without penalty during any fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
The Orange Police Services shall maintain records of the number of false alarms and violations of § 168-6B.
Any person, firm or corporation found to be in violation of § 168-6B shall be fined $50 upon receipt of the fourth and subsequent alarms thereafter within any fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
Any appeals to any part of this article may be made to the Chief of Police. The Chief of Police may consult with the Fire Chief.