524.01   DEFINITIONS.
   As used in this chapter:
   (a)   “Alarm holder” means any person, organization or company in control of a building, property, or part thereof located in the City, in which an alarm system is installed and maintained.
   (b)   “Alarm system” means any assembly of equipment and devices which signals, so as to be seen or heard outside the protected building or space, the presence of robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion, fire or medical emergency.
   (c)   “Automatic dialing device” means a device which is interconnected to a telephone line and is programmed to select a predetermined telephone number and transmit by voice message or code signal an emergency message indicating a need for emergency response.
   (d)   “False alarm” means any alarm signal or message initiated and transmitted either automatically or manually through an alarm system to the City soliciting an emergency response by Police or Fire Department personnel, when robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion, fire or medical emergency does not, in fact, exist, but does not include an alarm signal caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other catastrophic acts of God not reasonably subject to control by alarm manufacturer, installer, or alarm holder.  An alarm shall be deemed a “false alarm” when, upon visual inspection by the responding public safety personnel, there is no evidence of the condition for which the alarm was made.  Such evidence may be the lack of physical damage, no electrical power interruption, or atmosphere conditions which may have disturbed windows or doors.
   (e)   “Inter-connected alarm system” means any alarm system which directly or indirectly, automatically or manually, uses a telephone line to transmit an alarm or message upon activation of the alarm system.
   (f)   “Local alarm” means any alarm system that when activated only sounds a horn, bell, buzzer, or other type of audible or visible alarm that is designed to be audible or visible beyond the premises being served but which does not result in the transmission of a signal to any other location.
(Ord. C64-94. Passed 9-19-94.)