Town of New Paltz, NY
Ulster County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of New Paltz 5-8-1997 by L.L. No. 2-1997. (Note: This local law also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 46, Alarm Systems, adopted 6-1-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Alarm System Local Law of the Town of New Paltz."
The Town Board of the Town of New Paltz is concerned that a large number of audible burglar and fire alarm signals or signals transmitted to the New Paltz Police Department from locations in the Town of New Paltz are activated automatically as the result of defective or malfunctioning equipment or caused by the negligence of the owner or occupant of the premises to which the Police or Fire Departments are required to respond as the result of the signal and where an emergency condition is found not to exist, resulting in an unnecessary use of the personnel and resources of the departments. The Town Board believes that the imposition of a scale of penalties for repeated false alarms will encourage property owners and occupants to use care in the use of their alarm equipment and to maintain the equipment in proper condition and that a registration record will facilitate notification to alarm owners of possible violations of this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
The activation of an audible alarm system or of a signal transmitted to the New Paltz Police Department of the Town of New Paltz giving notice of fire, unlawful entry or other damage to or intrusion upon property where, upon response by the Fire or Police Department, the condition of fire, unlawful entry, damage or intrusion upon property is found not to exist. It shall not be deemed a false alarm where the system or signal is activated by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, lightning, thunderstorm, earthquake or an interruption in the electrical or telephone services to the premises without the knowledge or control of the owner or occupant thereof.
A. 
Effective July 1, 1997, the owner or occupant of any premises in the Town of New Paltz upon which a burglar or fire alarm system is operated shall provide the following information, in writing, to the New Paltz Police Department:
(1) 
The name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of the property owner and occupant;
(2) 
The property location both by street or postal address and tax roll identification number;
(3) 
The number of individual tenants or subtenants occupying the premises; and
(4) 
The name, address and business and residence telephone numbers of at least one other person to receive notice of the activation of the alarm system if the owner or occupant of the premises is not available.
B. 
The New Paltz Police Department shall be notified by the owner or occupant within 15 days of any change in the information previously provided.
A. 
A member of the Police or Fire Department who proceeds to a premises in response to the communication of a signal which is determined to be a false alarm shall, within two hours thereafter, file a written report with the New Paltz Police Department setting forth the date, time, premises, location, whether an owner or occupant was present, whether there appeared to be any fire, unlawful entry, intrusion or other damage to the premises and whether it appeared that the alarm signal was activated by a natural disaster as above described.
B. 
The New Paltz Police Department shall maintain a record of the reports of false alarms transmitted to the Center from premises in the Town of New Paltz.
A. 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than two false alarms shall have previously been given within any twelve-month period and who shall have at the time of the first alarm maintained current registration information with the New Paltz Police Department as required by the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct pursuant to the Penal Law and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 for the first violation and by a fine of not more than $250 for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.
B. 
The owner or occupant of premises from which more than one false alarm shall have been given within any twelve-month period and who shall not have at the time of the first alarm maintained current registration information with the New Paltz Police Department as required by the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct pursuant to the Penal Law and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100 for the first violation and by a fine of not more than $250 for each subsequent violation occurring within a twelve-month period.