9.10.010 Person and anyone defined.
9.10.020 Emergency response card required— Contents—Alarm turnoff required when.
9.10.030 Unnecessary alarm prohibited.
9.10.040 False alarm—Defined—Fees—Report to chief of police.
For the purposes of this chapter, use of the singular terms “person” or “anyone” shall be construed to include the plural of such terms, as well as corporations, partnerships, joint stock companies and all other forms of business organization. (Ord. 494-78 § 4, 1978)
It is unlawful to have or maintain on any premises a burglary and/or robbery alarm unless there is on file with the police department communication center an emergency response card containing the names of persons authorized to enter such premises and turn off any alarm, and current telephone numbers at which such persons can be reached at all times. It is unlawful for any such authorized person to fail to appear and turn off any such alarm as soon as possible, but not later than one hour after being notified by the police to do so. (Ord. 494-78 § 1, 1978)
It is unlawful for anyone to activate any robbery or burglary alarm for the purpose of summoning police except in the event of actual or attempted burglary or robbery, or for anyone notifying the police of an activated alarm and having knowledge that such activation was apparently caused by an electrical or other malfunction of the alarm system to fail at the same time to notify the police of such apparent malfunction. (Ord. 494-78 § 2, 1978)
A. For the purposes of this section, the term “false alarm” means the activation of a burglary and/or robbery alarm by other than forced entry or attempted forced entry to the premises at a time when no burglary or robbery is being committed or attempted on the premises.
B. For a police response to any false alarm, the chief of police shall charge and collect from the person having or maintaining such burglary and/or robbery alarm on premises owned or occupied by him, fees as follows:
1. For a response to premises at which no other false alarm has occurred within the preceding six-month period, hereinafter referred to as a “first response,” no fee shall be charged, but the person having or maintaining such burglary and/or robbery alarm shall, within three working days after notice to do so, make a written report to the chief of police, or his designee, on forms prescribed by him, setting forth the cause of such false alarm, the corrective action taken, whether such alarm has been inspected by an authorized serviceman and such other information as the chief of police or his designee may reasonably require to determine the cause of such false alarm and corrective action necessary.
2. For the second response to premises within six months after a first response, no fee shall be charged, but a written report shall be required as for a first response and the chief of police or his designee shall be authorized to inspect or cause to be inspected the alarm system at such premises, prescribe necessary corrective action, and shall give notice to the person having or maintaining such alarm system of the conditions and requirements of this section.
3. For a third response to premises within six months of the last response, a fee of twenty-five dollars shall be charged, and if such third false alarm or any such succeeding false alarm is as a result of failure to take necessary corrective action prescribed by the chief of police or his designee, the chief of police may order the disconnection of such alarm system, and it shall be unlawful to reconnect such alarm system until such corrective action is taken; provided, that no disconnection shall be ordered as to any premises required by law to have an alarm system in operation.
4. For a fourth response to premises within six months of the first response, a fee of fifty dollars shall be charged. For each false alarm in excess of four within six months of the first response, a fee of one hundred dollars shall be charged. If such fourth false alarm or any such succeeding false alarm is as a result of failure to take necessary corrective action described by the chief of police or his designee, the chief of police may order the disconnection of such alarm system, and it shall be unlawful to reconnect such alarm system until such corrective action is taken; provided that no disconnection shall be ordered as to any premises required by law to have an alarm system in operation. (Ord. 865-82 § 1, 1982; Ord. 494-78 § 3, 1978)
Anyone convicted of a violation of or failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars for such violation. (Ord. 494-78 § 5, 1978)