[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting 5-13-1991 ATM, Art. 30 (Sec. 150.8 of the General Bylaws). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this bylaw is to protect the public safety and well-being by the reduction or elimination of the incidence of false alarms from alarm systems, the receipt of which would cause a physical response by the Webster Police Department or by the Webster Fire Department, and to prevent the disabling of emergency telephone lines by incoming calls from automatically dialed, recorded sources.
- ALARM SYSTEM
- Means an assembly of equipment or devices, or a single device, arranged to signal the presence of a condition requiring urgent attention and to which police officers or fire fighters are expected to respond. Alarm systems which monitor temperature, smoke, humidity, the presence of chemicals, or any other condition, whether or not related to the detection of an unauthorized intrusion or a fire, are also included.
- FALSE ALARM
- Means the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, maintenance or repair, or negligence of the user of an alarm system or his employees or agents, which causes any signal or oral communication to be transmitted to the police department or fire department requesting, requiring, or resulting in a response on the part of the police department or fire department, when, in fact, there has been no fire, threat of fire, unauthorized intrusion, or other occurrence requiring a response. For purposes of this definition, activation of an alarm system by acts of vandals, power outages, or surges, weather or atmospheric conditions or disturbances, or acts of God, shall not be deemed a false alarm.
- Means the occupant of the premises at which an alarm is located.
Every user shall submit to the police department and fire department the names and telephone numbers of at least three persons who are authorized to respond to an emergency signal transmitted by an alarm system and who can open the premises wherein the alarm system is installed.
All Alarm systems installed after the effective date or this bylaw which use an audible horn or bell shall be equipped with a device that will shut off such horn or bell within 15 minutes after activation of the alarm system.
Any alarm system installed prior to the effective date of this bylaw and which uses an audible horn or bell shall have retrofitted to the system within 180 days after the effective date of this bylaw such a silencing device as described in Subsection B above.
The user of any alarm system which causes a false alarm will be subject to the following fee schedule: twenty dollars ($20) for each and every occurrence. No warnings shall be issued. All bills must be paid within 30 days of date of bill. A five-dollar ($5) assessment fee will be applied to all overdue bills.
[Amended 10-19-1992 FATM, Art. 8]
Alarm systems which automatically dial the police department or fire department and deliver a recorded message are prohibited. Any person who violates this subsection will be subject to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for each offense. This bylaw may be enforced in accordance with the noncriminal disposition procedures of Chapter 85, § 85-2, of the Town's General Bylaws.
Anyone, except Town departments or agencies, desiring an alarm system to be connected directly to the alarm monitoring systems at the Webster Police Department or Webster Fire Department after the effective date of this bylaw shall pay to the Town of Webster a one-time fee of no less than two hundred dollars ($200) and no more than five hundred dollars ($500) as the Board of Selectmen may from time to time establish, and shall pay and be solely responsible for all costs and expenses necessary or incidental to such connection.
[Amended 10-19-1992 FATM, Art. 8]
All unpaid amounts as of December 31 of each year shall be committed for lien to the ensuing tax bill, or as determined by the MGL laws which may apply.