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(A) Definitions: For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein:
ALARM BUSINESS: Shall include any business engaged in the activity of altering, installing, leasing, maintaining, moving, repairing, replacing, selling, or servicing an alarm system or which causes any of these activities to take place.
ALARM SYSTEM: Shall include an assembly of equipment arranged to signal the presence of a life or property threatening hazard requiring urgent attention and to which the police department or fire district is expected to respond.
ALARM USER OR USER: Shall include any person or business on whose premises an alarm system is maintained.
AUTOMATIC DIGITAL DIALING ALARM EQUIPMENT: Shall include any alarm system that has the capability of transmitting digital coded signals over existing telephone lines to a communications console in the police department.
AUTOMATIC VOICE DIALING ALARM EQUIPMENT: Shall include any alarm system that automatically sends any prerecorded verbal message over existing telephone lines to the police department.
COMMUNICATIONS CONSOLE: Shall include any terminal which receives visual or audible signals from an activated alarm system at some remote location.
FALSE ALARMS: Shall include the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or negligence of the alarm user or alarm business requiring, requesting, or resulting in a response on the part of the police department or fire district when in fact there has been no hazard requiring urgent attention, but shall not include alarm activation caused by or through power outages, telephone line malfunctions, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, earthquakes, or similar conditions beyond the control of the alarm user or alarm business.
INTERCONNECTION: Shall include any connection of an alarm system to a telephone line, either directly or through a mechanical device that utilizes a telephone, for the purpose of transmitting a signal upon activation of the alarm system to another telephone or communications console.
POLICE CHIEF: The chief of police of the village or his designated representative.
POLICE OR POLICE DEPARTMENT: The village police department, or any duly authorized agent thereof.
PREMISES: The area bounded by the user's property lines or boundaries.
VILLAGE: The village of Barrington Hills.
(B) Interconnection Of Alarm Systems To Police Department:
1. All alarm systems must be approved by the police chief prior to being interconnected to the communication console in the police department.
2. No automatic voice dialing alarm equipment shall be interconnected to any telephone number at the police department after December 31, 1984.
3. Within ninety (90) days after December 31, 1984, all automatic voice dialing alarm equipment interconnected to any telephone number at the police department shall be disconnected therefrom. The alarm user of each such alarm system shall be responsible for having the system disconnected. (Ord. 84-40, 11-26-1984)
4. Automatic digital dialing alarm equipment as required by the provisions of title 4 of this code shall be interconnected to the communications console in the police department subject to the approval required in subsection (B)1 of this section. (Ord. 03-17, 8-25-2003)
5. The alarm user or alarm business shall be responsible for obtaining the leased telephone line or automatic digital dialing alarm equipment between the alarm user's premises and the communications console at the police department and for furnishing, if required, any additional equipment in order to provide a signal which is compatible with the operation of the communications console at the police department.
(C) Control And Curtailment Of Signals Emitted By Alarm Systems:
1. Every alarm user or, if applicable, alarm business shall submit to the police chief the names and telephone numbers of at least two (2) other persons who can be reached at any time, day or night, and who are authorized to respond to an activated alarm system, and who may enter the premises wherein the alarm system is installed. The names, addresses and telephone numbers of the responders shall be kept current at all times by the alarm user or alarm business.
2. It shall be unlawful for the user to suffer or permit operation of any alarm system which emits sound beyond the user's premises, unless it is controlled by a timing device effective to cut off the alarm or sound emanated therefrom within a period not exceeding twenty (20) minutes after triggering thereof.
(D) Testing Of Alarm Systems: No alarm system capable of resulting in a response from the police department or fire district shall be tested or demonstrated without notification to and permission from the police department. Such a test or demonstration, without such notification and permission, shall constitute a false alarm.
(E) False Alarm:
1. The police chief shall take such action as may be appropriate under subsections (E)2, (E)3, and (E)4 of this section to eliminate false alarms, and when so required by the terms of the aforementioned subsections, order the use of such alarm system be discontinued.
2. After the police department has recorded three (3) separate false alarms from an alarm system within a calendar year, the police chief shall notify the alarm user by certified mail of such fact and require the user to submit, within fifteen (15) days after receipt of such notice, a report describing efforts to discover and eliminate the cause or causes of the false alarms. If said user, on the basis of absence from the village, or any other reasonable basis, requests an extension of time for filing the report, the police chief may extend the fifteen (15) day period for a reasonable period. If the said user fails to submit such a report within fifteen (15) days or within any such extended period, the police chief may order that use of the alarm system be discontinued, effective fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt by the user of the police chief's order.
3. In the event the police chief determines that a report submitted in accordance with subsection (B)2 of this section is unsatisfactory, or that the alarm user has failed to show by the report that he has taken or will take reasonable steps to eliminate false alarms, then the police chief may order that use of the alarm system be discontinued, effective fifteen (15) days from the date of receipt by the user of the police chief's order.
4. In the event that the police department records five (5) false alarms within a calendar year from an alarm system, the police chief may order that the user of the alarm system discontinue use of the alarm system for up to six (6) months from the date the alarm is disconnected. In the event that the police department records eight (8) false alarms within a calendar year from an alarm system, the police chief shall order that the user of the alarm system discontinue use of the alarm system for at least six (6) months, but not more than one year, from the date the alarm is disconnected.
5. Any alarm user who has, in accordance with this subsection, been ordered by the police chief to discontinue use of an alarm system may appeal the order of discontinuance to the public safety committee of the board of trustees. Notice of appeal shall be sent to the village clerk within fifteen (15) days after the date of the order of discontinuance. Thereafter, the committee shall consider the merits of the appeal, and in connection therewith, shall hear evidence presented by all interested parties. After hearing such evidence, the committee shall recommend that the board affirm, vacate or modify the order of discontinuance. Thereafter, the board shall act on the committee's recommendation.
(F) Penalties: The following acts and omissions shall constitute violations of this section punishable by fines of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00):
1. Failure to disconnect an automatic voice dialing device from any telephone number at the Police Department within ninety (90) days after December 31, 1984;
2. Interconnection of an automatic voice dialing device to any telephone number at the Police Department after December 31, 1984;
3. Failure to comply with the requirements of subsection (C) 2 (control and curtailment of signals emitted by alarm systems);
4. Failure to obey an order of the Police Chief to discontinue use of an alarm system, after exhaustion of the right of appeal.
Each day during which any of the aforesaid violations continue shall constitute a separate offense. (Ord. 84-40, 11-26-84)