City of Marlborough, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Marlborough as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 431.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 485.
[Adopted 5-20-1985 by Ord. No. 85-322 (Ch. 48, Art. I, of the 1986 Code); amended in its entirety 10-19-1992 by Ord. No. 92-4648A]
As used in this article the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
Any signal from a security alarm system transmitted, directly or indirectly, to the Marlborough Police Department as a result of:
A. 
Improper design, operation or maintenance of the security alarm system, provided that the owner or person in control has been previously notified, in writing, of such by the Chief of Police and has failed to correct same within three days of receipt of such notice.
B. 
Activation of the alarm for testing, construction or maintenance purposes without prior notice to and approval of the Marlborough Police Department and/or such other City Department as may be required.
C. 
Negligence or carelessness on the part of the owner or person in control or such owner's or person's agents, employees or servants.
On or before January 1, 1993, all security alarms utilized within the City of Marlborough must conform to the following minimum standards for security alarm systems.
A. 
Limitations on automatic dialers.
(1) 
No security alarm system shall utilize any automatic dialing device that has been designed or programmed to, after activation, repeatedly dial any telephone number of the Marlborough Police or Fire Departments for the purpose of transmitting a recorded or electronic message of alarm.
(2) 
No security alarm system shall utilize an automatic dialing device programmed to dial 911.
B. 
Limitation on power of audible alarm signalling devices. No security alarm system shall utilize, as an audible alarm signal device, a siren, klaxon or similar electronic signal producer of more than 60 watts of power.
C. 
Automatic resetting of system or silencing of audible alarm. Every security alarm system must be designed, equipped or programmed to automatically reset or silence the audible alarm within 10 minutes of such system having been activated.
A. 
Alarm systems, in general. Every owner or person in control of a security alarm system shall register the same on forms provided by the Chief of Police, which forms shall include the name, address and telephone number of the owner or person in control and the names, addresses and phone numbers of at least two other persons to be contacted in the event that the owner or person in control, as changes occur to the relevant information contained therein. In addition, such owner or person in control shall affix to the alarmed building, house or structure, according to the directions of the Chief of Police, proof of such registration, in such form as may be issued by the Chief.
B. 
Alarm systems connected to a central monitoring service. The owner or person in control of a security alarm system which is connected to a central monitoring service shall not be required to register such system with the Chief of Police or to display proof of registration, provided that such owner or person in control has provided the central monitoring service with information similar to that required by the preceding paragraph.
The owner or person in control of a security alarm system shall be subject to a civil penalty of $50 for:
A. 
Every false alarm transmitted by such security alarm system, unless such owner or person in control, directly or indirectly, notified the Marlborough Police Department that such alarm was false prior to the dispatch of an officer to the alarm.
B. 
Utilizing, after January 1, 1993, a security alarm system that is not in conformity with the minimum standards as established by § 235-2 of the article.
C. 
Failure to register such security system or update such registration information as required by the provisions of § 235-3 of this article.
D. 
Knowingly failing to immediately notify the Marlborough Police Department and, where applicable, the central monitoring service of the transmission of a false alarm.
A. 
No person shall intentionally transmit a signal from a security alarm system for a purpose other than an actual or reasonably perceived emergency or for a preapproved testing of the system.
B. 
No owner or person in control of a security system shall, directly or indirectly, refuse or neglect to secure, within a reasonable time period after notification, an audible alarm which has been sounding in excess of 10 minutes or which is repeatedly sounding after automatically resetting.
C. 
Any person violating either Subsection A or B above shall be subject to a civil penalty of $200.
D. 
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prevent or prohibit a police officer or other City Officer from seeking criminal complaints in regard to any conduct prohibited by this section.
The sounding of the audible signal of a security alarm system in excess of 10 minutes or the repeated sounding of such alarm following its reset is deemed to constitute a nuisance. Upon the occurrence of such a nuisance and after having made reasonable efforts to have the owner or person in control silence the audible signal, a command officer of the Marlborough Police Department may, for the purpose of ending the nuisance, silence or cause to be silenced such audible signal.
[Adopted 5-20-1985 by Ord. No. 85-323 (Ch. 48, Art. II, of the 1986 Code)]
On or before September 1, 1985, or within 10 days after installation, the owner of every fire alarm system for residences or businesses shall register the same on forms provided by the Fire Chief, which forms shall include designation of the owner, operator and party responsible for maintenance and operation of the system. Registration shall be effective for a period of one year and shall be annually renewed. The City of Marlborough shall not be subject to this section or the succeeding sections of this article.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FALSE ALARM
Any signal not manually initiated or initiated by products of combustion of fire transmitted directly or indirectly to the Fire Department from a fire alarm system which results from:
A. 
Lack of proper maintenance.
B. 
Activation of the alarm for testing, construction, maintenance purposes when the Fire Department has not been notified and given prior approval.
C. 
Negligence or carelessness on the part of the owner or the owner's agents, employees or servants.
D. 
Intentional injection of particulates, heat or other materials into the air by the owner or operator of the system or agent, employee or servant of the same.
The owner of a fire alarm system shall be liable to the City of Marlborough in the sum of $50 for each false alarm transmitted by said system in excess of one during any one-year period.