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As used in this chapter:
(a) "Alarm system" means any mechanical or electrical device that is arranged, designed or used to signal the occurrence in the City of a burglary, robbery, other criminal offense, fire emergency or medical emergency requiring urgent attention, and to which police, fire or emergency medical personnel are expected to respond. "Alarm system" includes a system through which public safety personnel are notified directly of such signals through automatic recording devices or notified indirectly by way of third persons who monitor the alarm systems and who report such signals to the Department of Public Safety. "Alarm system" also includes a system designed to register a signal which is so audible or visible, or in other way perceptible, outside a protected building, structure or facility, as to notify persons in the neighborhood beyond the zoning lot where the signal is located, who may in turn notify the Department of the signal. "Alarm system" does not include a system affixed to an automobile.
(b) "Alarm user" means any person, firm, corporation, association, partnership or other entity who or which purchases, leases, contracts for or obtains an alarm system.
(c) "Alarm user registration" means registration with the City to allow the operation of an alarm system within the City.
(d) "False alarm" means a signal emitted by an alarm system indicating that an emergency response is needed by public safety personnel at the location of the alarm when, in fact, no such emergency condition exists. "False alarm" does not include alarm signals caused by violent conditions of nature or false alarms that would be subject to prosecution.
(e) "Public safety personnel" means any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department or emergency medical personnel.
(Ord. 96-107. Passed 7-16-96.)