Township of Rochelle Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Rochelle Park 7-6-1982 by Ord. No. 461. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Police Department — See Ch. 28.
The purpose of this chapter is to provide standards and regulations for various types of intrusion, burglar and other emergency alarm equipment, whether by producing a visual or audible signal or whether by direct line, radio, telephone or other means activating a device requiring a response thereto by the Township of Rochelle Park Police Department.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply to alarm businesses and to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device, dial alarm or local alarm designed to produce a visual or audible signal of an emergency or designed to summon the police or other municipal agencies of the Township of Rochelle Park to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALARM SYSTEM
Equipment or a device or any assembly of equipment and devices designated to signal the presence of an emergency or hazard to which the Police Department, Fire Department, ambulance or other municipal agencies may be expected to respond. In this chapter, the term "alarm system" shall include, but shall not necessarily be limited to, the terms "local alarm," "digital transmitter alarms," "direct wire alarms" and "automatic dialer alarms."[1]
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A]
CHIEF OF POLICE
The Chief of Police of the Township of Rochelle Park or his designated representative.
DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE
The designated representative of the Chief of Police to perform a function required or permitted by this chapter. Designated representative shall be limited to members of the Township of Rochelle Park Police Department.
DIAL ALARM
Any type of alarm system using telephone lines transmitting an alarm directly through the police switchboard providing warning of intrusion or other peril.
FALSE ALARM
Any alarm or signal of an alarm system actuated by inadvertence, negligence or any intentional or unintentional act of a person other than an intruder or the use of the alarm system for other than its intended purpose, including any alarm or signal caused by mechanical failure, malfunctioning or improper installation of the alarm system.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A]
FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Fire Department of the Township of Rochelle Park.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A]
LICENSEE
The person who holds the license to install, operate and maintain the alarm console pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
LOCAL ALARM
Any alarm system which, when activated, produces a signal not connected to the alarm console or the police switchboard, such as store burglar alarms actuating bell devices providing warning of intrusion or other peril. The local alarm shall not include an alarm system on a motor vehicle, provided that said motor vehicle alarm is not interconnected with an alarm device, a dial alarm or local alarm. The term local alarm shall also not include equipment designed to signal solely within the building or series of buildings if owned by the same person on which it is located and which is not designed to emit signals visible or audible to persons outside such buildings or building.
PERMITTEE
Any person who owns an alarm device who has obtained a permit according to the provisions of this chapter.
PERSON
Any natural person or individual or any firm, partnership, association, limited partnership, sole proprietorship or corporation or any business entity.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Township of Rochelle Park Police Department.
TOWNSHIP CLERK
The Township Clerk of the Township of Rochelle Park.
WRITTEN NOTICE
Notice by certified mail.
[1]
Editor’s Note: The former definition of "alarm console," which immediately preceded this definition, was repealed 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A.
[Amended 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A]
A. 
No dial alarm shall be permitted unless it shall have first been registered with the Chief of Police as hereinafter required and approved by the Chief of Police and approval thereof by the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and a test conducted by the alarm owner or on his own behalf.
B. 
No dial alarm shall be coded to dial the general police number. All dial alarms shall be coded to dial a neighbor, relative or other third party.
C. 
All dial alarms shall be capable of being disconnected to allow a call to police headquarters in the event of a false alarm.
D. 
All permittees will be required to register their alarm system with the Chief of Police on a form that shall include, among other data, the name, address and twenty-four-hour telephone number of the alarm installer or person responsible for its maintenance; the name, address and telephone number of three persons, other than the permittee, to be contacted in the event of an alarm; the person responsible to remit any fees or fines assessed under this chapter; and all other information as may be required by the Chief of Police. The fee for new alarms for commercial, industrial, retail and multifamily premises shall be $100. The fee for new single-family residence alarms shall be $25.
[Amended 11-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1043-11]
E. 
Owners of dial alarms shall be governed by the false alarm procedures and penalties set forth in this chapter.
F. 
Except as provided hereunder, or as otherwise permitted by the Township Committee, no person shall be permitted to have any direct leased telephone line with the Police Department headquarters for an alarm system.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
A. 
If three false alarms occur in a calendar year (January 1 to December 31), the permittee shall, within three working days after written notice to do so, complete a written notice to the Chief of Police setting forth the cause of the false alarms, if known, the corrective action taken, whether the alarm system has been inspected by an alarm service company and such other information as the Chief of Police may reasonably require.
B. 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B, regarding notice and penalties for more than three false alarms, was repealed 11-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1043-11.
C. 
If a permittee fails to pay the service fee called for above, this shall be a violation of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-5, Registration of systems.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any local alarm to ring or put forth any other sound for a period of longer than 20 minutes. In addition to the penalty for violating this provision, any violation of this requirement shall constitute a false alarm and be subject to the service charges specified above.
B. 
All persons owning an audible intrusion, panic or fire alarm that is not monitored by an alarm company shall locate the audible service device on the outside of the structure in plain view. If used for fire alarm, the device shall be red in color and shall be labeled "Fire Alarm." All other audible devices shall be any other color with the exception of red.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-6, Licensing of alarm console, as amended 5-5-1986 by Ord. No. 519.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
In addition to the general requirements specified in this chapter, automatic dialer alarms and direct digital transmitter alarms located in the Township of Rochelle Park shall be subject to the following requirements:
A. 
Automatic dialer alarms and digital transmitter alarms shall be coded to dial a central alarm station or other monitor, other than the Township of Rochelle Park Police Department.
B. 
Any alarms received by the Rochelle Park Police Department from an automatic dialer alarm or digital transmitter alarm shall be subject to the charges provided for false alarms.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-7, False alarms.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
A. 
Every permittee shall, by acceptance of the permit, be deemed as having consented to inspection of the premises on which said alarm devices are located at reasonable hours by the Chief of Police or his designated representative.
B. 
Any unauthorized equipment may be disconnected by the Chief of Police or his designated representative for noncompliance with this chapter. Any person maintaining or installing unauthorized equipment shall be prosecuted for violation of this chapter.
C. 
Any permittee utilizing the services of any alarm company shall provide for a representative to be on call at all times, and such service shall be provided immediately, when necessary, after notification by the Police Department of any malfunction of any equipment or false alarm.
D. 
The Chief of Police may revoke any license or permit 10 days after written notice has been served upon the alarm owner for failure to make the proper repairs or comply with this chapter after previous written notice has been served by the Chief of Police requesting said repairs or compliance for a violation. If, within the ten-day period, the alarm owner furnishes sufficient proof, as may be required by the Chief of Police, that the alarm system has been repaired and the violation(s) corrected, the Chief of Police may rescind the revocation order.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-8, Testing of alarms.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
The Chief of Police may from time to time promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this chapter in order to provide for the efficient management of said system, provided that the Mayor and Township Committee must first approve said rules or any changes thereto.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-9, General regulations.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]; amended 11-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1043-11]
Any person found guilty of a violation of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both, exclusive of any other fees which may have been imposed under § 55-12. The fees imposed by § 55-12 shall be payable in addition to any fine imposed under this section.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-10, Hearing after notice of violation.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]]
The following alarms are exempt from the false alarm charge and alarm fees imposed by this chapter:
A. 
Lifeline alarms.
B. 
Alarms in the public schools located in the Township of Rochelle Park.
C. 
Alarms in the municipally owned buildings located in the Township of Rochelle Park.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-11, Additional rules and regulations.
[Added 11-21-1994 by Ord. No. 683A[1]; amended 11-9-2011 by Ord. No. 1043-11]
A. 
The charges for false alarms at commercial/industrial, office or multifamily property shall be as follows:
(1) 
Second false alarm in a calendar year: $100.
(2) 
Third false alarm in a calendar year: $250.
(3) 
Fourth false alarm in a calendar year: $500.
(4) 
Fifth and subsequent false alarms in a calendar year: $1,000/alarm.
B. 
Charges for false alarms for one- and two-family residences shall be as follows:
(1) 
Second and subsequent false alarms: $50/alarm.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 55-12, Violations and penalties.