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As used in this chapter:
(a) "Alarm site" means the specific property or area of the premises upon or within which an alarm system is or is to be installed.
(b) "Alarm system" means any device used to detect or prevent burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage or other such emergency situations, which device, when activated, causes notification to be made directly or indirectly to the Police Department; any device or system designed primarily for the purpose of giving an audible or visual signal of an attempted burglary, theft, shoplifting, pilferage or other such emergency; or any other device which, when manually or automatically activated, will sound an audio or visual warning on or off the protected premises and which will cause notification to be made directly or indirectly to the Fire Department in case of fire.
(c) "Alarm system" shall not include:
(1) An alarm installed on a motor vehicle; or
(2) An alarm designed so that notification is not given to the Police Department or the Fire Department until after the occupant or an agent of the owner or lessee has checked the alarm site and determined that there is physical evidence at the site showing that the alarm was the result of criminal activity, and if a person who is able to grant access to the alarm site remains at such site until the Police Department or the Fire Department arrives whenever it is notified after an alarm has been activated, and such person renders access and such other assistance as he or she is able to give.
(c) "Alarm system business" means any person who installs, services or responds to alarm systems for remuneration.
(d) "Automatic dialing device" means any device connected to an alarm system which automatically sends a prerecorded message or coded signal indicating the activation of the alarm system to a predetermined location.
(e) "Burglar alarm" means any device intended to prevent or detect an unauthorized entry or attempted unauthorized entry into the alarm site.
(f) "Central station" means that part of an alarm system business which intercepts signals indicating the activation of an alarm device and relays this information by live voice to the Police Department or the Fire Department.
(g) "False alarm" means any alarm which was not the result of an emergency or threat of emergency of the kind for which the alarm system was designed to give notice.
(h) "Fire alarm" means a functionally related group of devices that, when either manually or automatically activated, will sound audio or visual warning devices on or off the protected premises.
(i) "Thirty-minute shut-off" means an automatic device, associated with a local alarm, which automatically causes the alarm to shut off and discontinue the emission of an audible signal after not more than thirty minutes of continuous operation.
(j) "Hold-up alarm" means any device activated by human actions as a result of robbery or attempted robbery at the alarm site.
(k) "Local alarm" means any alarm emitting audible and/or visual signals in, at or on the alarm site when activated and causing notification to be made directly or indirectly to the Police Department or the Fire Department.
(l) "Permit" means a certificate of authorization issued by the Safety Director or his or her designee to the person in control of the property, which certificate authorizes the operation of an alarm system.
(m) "Permit holder" means the person to whom an alarm system permit is issued.
(n) "Safety Director" means the Safety Director of the City (Mayor as Safety Director) and/or members of the Fire Department and Police Department, as may be designated.
(o) "Telephone answering service" means any business, other than an alarm system business, which intercepts signals indicating the activation of an alarm system and which relays this information by live voice to the Police Department or the Fire Department.
(Ord. 15-87. Passed 2-9-87.)