2.5-1: DEFINITIONS:
ADJUDICATION OFFICER: An attorney, appointed by the Sheriff and approved by the County Board that conducts adjudication hearings for the purpose of collecting outstanding fees and/or fines relating to this chapter.
ALARM ADMINISTRATOR: A person or persons designated by the Kane County Sheriff, or his designee, to administer, control, and review false alarm reduction efforts and administer the provisions of this chapter.
ALARM COMPANY: Any person subject to licensing requirements, or a company engaged in selling, leasing, installing, servicing, or monitoring alarm systems. This person shall be licensed and in compliance with State, County, and city laws.
ALARM PERMIT APPLICATION: Authorization or consent by the Kane County Sheriff's Office for the installation of an alarm system.
ALARM PERMIT NUMBER: An alarm permit number or authorization code may be issued during the application permit process by the Sheriff's Office allowing for the operation of an alarm system within the County of Kane.
ALARM SIGNAL: A detectable signal; audible or visual, generated by an alarm system, to which law enforcement is requested to respond.
ALARM SYSTEM: Any signal device or assembly of equipment designed to signal the occurrence of an illegal or unauthorized entry or other activity requiring immediate attention to which law enforcement is requested to respond.
ALARM USER: Any person, corporation, partnership, proprietorship, governmental, or educational entity or any other entity owning, leasing, or operating an alarm system, or on whose premises an alarm system is maintained for the protection of such premises.
AUDIBLE ALARMS: An alarm system or device that generates an audible sound.
AUTOMATIC DIAL PROTECTION DEVICE: An automatic dialing device or an automatic telephone dialing alarm system and shall include any system, which upon being activated automatically initiates to the Sheriff's Office a recorded message or code indicating a need for law enforcement response.
CANCELLATION: The process when response is terminated, and the alarm company (designated by the alarm user) notifies the Sheriff's Office that there is no existing situation at the alarm site requiring police response after an alarm dispatch request. If cancellation occurs prior to police arriving at the scene, this is not a false alarm for the purpose of a fine, and no penalty will be assessed.
COUNTY: The County of Kane, Illinois, or its agent.
CYCLE RENEWAL, PERMIT: The permit application is valid for a period of one year beginning January 1, and ending on December 31.
FALSE ALARM: The activation or transmission of an alarm signal through mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the alarm user, his or her employee(s) or agent(s), or signal activated to summon law enforcement personnel, unless law enforcement response was cancelled by the alarm user's alarm company before law enforcement personnel arrive at the alarm location. An alarm is false within the meaning of this definition when, upon inspection by the Sheriff's Office and/or deputy, that evidence indicates that no unauthorized entry, robbery, or other such crime was committed or attempted in or on the premises, which would have activated a properly functioning alarm system. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a false alarm will not include an alarm, which can reasonably be determined to have been caused, or activated by unusually violent conditions of nature nor does it include other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm user.
FALSE ALARM NOTIFICATION: An alarm notification to central station/dispatch when the responding Kane County Sheriff's Deputy finds, through inspection of the interior and/or exterior of the alarm site, no evidence of an attempted or actual unauthorized intrusion, burglary, robbery, or hostage taking, and the deputy(ies) has responded.
HEARING OFFICER: A person or persons designated by the Kane County Sheriff, or his designee, to administer, control, and review false alarm reduction efforts, and administer the provisions of this chapter, as well as schedule, coordinate, and take minutes at the adjudication hearings.
PERMIT YEAR: A twelve (12) month period beginning on the first day of the calendar year (January 1).
RUNAWAY ALARM: An alarm system that produces repeated alarm signals that do not appear to be caused by separate human action. The Sheriff's Office may in its discretion discontinue police responses to alarm signals from what appears to be a runaway alarm. The Alarm Administrator may consider all false alarm dispatches within a twenty four (24) hour period as one false alarm and invoice the alarm user accordingly.
SIA CONTROL PANEL STANDARD CP-01: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved Security Industry Association (SIA) CP-01 Control Panel Standard, as may be updated from time to time, that details recommended design features for security system control panels and their associated arming and disarming devices to reduce false alarms. Control panels built and tested to this standard by a nationally recognized testing organization, will be marked to state: "Design evaluated in accordance with SIA CP-01 Control Panel Standard Features for False Alarm Reduction."
SHERIFF: The Sheriff of Kane County, Illinois.
VERIFY: An attempt by the alarm company, or its representative, to contact the alarm site and/or alarm user by telephone and/or other electronic means, whether or not actual contact with a person is made, in attempt to determine whether an alarm signal is valid before requesting law enforcement dispatch, in an attempt to avoid unnecessary alarm dispatch request. For the purpose of this chapter, telephone verification shall require, as a minimum, that a second call also known as enhanced call verification, 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 before requesting law enforcement dispatch. (Ord. 17-226, 8-8-2017)