The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them:
   ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM: The State of Colorado program created under C.R.S. § 24-30-2101 et al. to protect the confidentiality of the actual address of a relocated victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking.
   ALARM ADMINISTRATOR: A person, persons, or authorized agent designated by the Police Department to administer the provisions of this ordinance.
   ALARM COMPANY: A person or entity engaged in the business of selling, leasing, installing, servicing, replacing, altering, moving or monitoring alarm systems. Said person or entity will be registered with a company registration with the Police Department to be in compliance pursuant to this ordinance. This does not include persons doing installation or repair work where such work is performed without compensation of any kind.
   ALARM USER PERMIT: A permit issued to an alarm user by the Police Department allowing the operation of an alarm system within the City which is valid for one (1) calendar year from the date of issue. Federal, State and local governments shall be exempt from payment of the alarm user permit fee.
   ALARM SIGNAL: A detectable signal, audible or visual, generated by an alarm system to which law enforcement is requested to respond.
   ALARM SITE: A single premises or location served by an alarm system. In a multi-tenant building or complex, each tenancy shall be considered a separate alarm site if individually controlled.
   ALARM SYSTEM: Any device or assembly of equipment, designed to signal the occurrence of an illegal or unauthorized entry or other activity to which law enforcement is requested to respond, but does not include:
      1.   An alarm installed on a vehicle unless the vehicle is permanently located at a site;
      2.   An alarm designed to alert only the inhabitants of the premises that does not have a sounding device audible outside of the alarm site;
      3.   Domestic violence alarms, Medical panic alarms or fire alarms;
      4.   Proprietary alarm systems which are not monitored by a licensed alarm company, and which result in the notification of only private, on-site personnel when activated.
   ALARM USER: Any person or entity who owns, leases, monitors, or operates an alarm system, or on whose premises an alarm system is maintained for the protection of the premises.
   ALARM USER AWARENESS CLASS: A class for the alarm user for the purpose of educating alarm users about the responsible use, operation, and maintenance of alarm systems and the problems created by false alarms.
   CANCELLATION: Termination of response by the Police Department when the alarm company notifies the Police Department that there is not an existing situation at the alarm site requiring police response after an alarm dispatch request. If cancellation occurs prior to dispatching a police officer, this is not a false alarm and no penalty will be assessed.
   COMMUNICATIONS CENTER: The Colorado Springs Public Safety Communications Center.
   COMPLIANCE STANDARDS: Equipment and installation methods shall comply with all appropriate nationally recognized testing laboratories and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requirements.
   CONVERSION: The transaction or process by which one alarm company begins the servicing or monitoring of a previously unmonitored alarm system or an alarm system that was previously serviced or monitored by another alarm company.
   DUAL-ACTIVATION PANIC DEVICE: A device which requires that two buttons be depressed together to activate an alarm signal for a robbery in progress.
   ENHANCED CALL CONFIRMATION (ECC): An attempt by the alarm company to contact the alarm site and/or alarm user by telephone and/or other means, whether or not actual contact with a person is made, to determine whether an alarm signal is valid before requesting law enforcement response. It is required that a second call, also known as Enhanced Call Confirmation (ECC), be made to a different number, if the first attempt fails to reach an alarm user who can properly identify themselves to attempt to determine whether an alarm signal is valid, EXCEPT in case of a fire, panic, or robbery-in-progress alarm or in cases where a crime-in-progress has been verified as defined in ANSI/CSAA CS-V-01-2016 (or current version).
   FALSE ALARM: The activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the owner, user, custodian, or lessee of an alarm system, or owner's employees or agents, or through any other cause, whereby notification to an emergency agency indicates that an emergency situation exists requiring response by an emergency agency when, in fact, no such emergency situation exists. A false alarm also includes the knowing or intentional activation of an alarm to an emergency agency when the activator knows that an emergency situation does not exist. False alarm does not include alarms activated by violent conditions of nature, such as blizzards, tornadoes, earthquakes, or any other similar cause beyond the control of the user of an alarm system. A false alarm response means that a police officer was actually dispatched to the scene. Cancellation of the request for response prior to dispatching a police officer shall not be considered a false alarm response.
   LOCAL ALARM: An alarm system that emits a signal at an alarm site that is audible or visible from the exterior of a structure and is not monitored by a remote monitoring facility, whether installed by an alarm company or user.
   PANIC ALARM: A silent alarm signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a life-threatening or emergency situation, requiring a police officer's response.
   PERMIT YEAR: A one (1) calendar year period beginning on the day and month on which an alarm user permit is issued.
   POLICE DEPARTMENT: The City of Colorado Springs Police Department.
   RESPONSIBLE PARTY: A person accountable for appearing at the alarm location upon request, who has access to the alarm location and the code to the alarm system.
   ROBBERY ALARM: A silent alarm signal generated by the manual activation of a device intended to signal a robbery in progress.
   RUNAWAY ALARM: An alarm system that produces repeated alarm signals that do not appear to be caused by separate human action. The Police Department may in its discretion discontinue police responses to alarm signals from what appears to be a runaway alarm.
   TAKEOVER: The transaction or process by which an alarm user takes over control of an existing alarm system which was previously controlled by another alarm user. (Ord. 82-217; Ord. 95-115; Ord. 97-229; Ord. 01-42; Ord. 08-129; Ord. 21-65)