For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALARM AGENT. Any person who is registered as an alarm agent with the Bureau of Collection and Investigative Services, pursuant to the provisions of the California Alarm Company Act, § 7590, et seq., of the Business and Professions Code and doing business as such within the corporate limits of the City of Brea.
ALARM COMPANY OPERATOR. Any person licensed as an alarm company operator by the Bureau of Collection and Investigative Services pursuant to the provisions of the California Alarm Company Act, § 7590, et seq., of the Business and Professions Code and doing business as such within the corporate limits of the City of Brea.
ALARM OFFICER. With regard to burglary or robbery alarm systems, the Chief of Police of the City of Brea, and with regard to fire or medical assistance alarms, the Fire Chief of the City of Brea, or their respective designees.
ALARM PERMIT COORDINATOR. The officer or employee of the city, or designee thereof, designated by the City Manager as having direct authority and responsibility for administration of the provisions of this chapter, excepting only those functions specifically designated to be performed by the Alarm Officer.
ALARM SUBSCRIBER. Any person who purchases, leases, contracts for, or otherwise obtains an alarm system or contracts for the servicing or maintenance of an alarm system.
ALARM SYSTEM. Any mechanical or electrical device which is designed or used for the detection of burglary, robbery, fire, or need for medical assistance within a building, structure, or facility, or for alerting others to a hazard or to the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure or facility, which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when actuated, and which is designed to elicit a response from the Police Department or Fire Department.
1. ALARM SYSTEMS include, but are not limited to, automatic dialing devices, direct-dial telephone devices, audible alarms, and proprietor alarms. Devices which are not designed or used to register alarms that are audible, visible or perceptible outside the protected building, structure or facility are not included within this definition.
2. An ALARM SYSTEM includes all of the necessary equipment designed and installed for the detection of burglary, robbery, fire, need for medical assistance, or other hazard in a single building structure, or facility, or for alerting others to the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure, or facility.
AUDIBLE ALARM. A device designed for the detection of unauthorized entry on certain premises that generates an audible sound on such premises when it is actuated.
AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICE. An alarm system that automatically sends over regular telephone lines, by direct or wireless connection or otherwise, a prerecorded voice message or form of signal indicating the existence of an emergency situation that the alarm system is designed to detect.
EMERGENCY. Any condition which results in, or which could result in, the response of police or fire personnel or any condition which jeopardizes or could jeopardize public safety.
FALSE ALARM. An alarm signal activated from any alarm system that is responded to by personnel of the Police Department or Fire Department and for which no emergency situation exists or existed as determined by the responding personnel. FALSE ALARM shall not include an alarm for which personnel of the Police Department or Fire Department do not actually arrive at the alarm location, or any alarm caused by earthquakes, severe storms or other extraordinary circumstances determined by the Alarm Officer to be clearly beyond the control of the alarm subscriber.
NON-REPONSE STATUS. That status of police service whereby the Police Department will not respond to a specified alarm system.
PROPRIETOR ALARM. An alarm that is not serviced by an alarm agent or alarm company operator.
(Ord. 1068, passed 5-18-04; Am. Ord. 1072, passed 7-20-04)