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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALARM HOLDER. The owner, lessee or person responsible for the existence of an alarm system within or on a premises.
ALARM SYSTEM. An assembly of equipment device(s) designed to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention and to which police and fire personnel are expected to respond. Such an alarm system may include BURGLAR, HOLDUP OR FIRE ALARMS and any system designed to monitor water flow, smoke temperature, humidity or any other like conditions. Included are internal premises systems where an audible signal emits sounds or flashing light or beacon designed to signal persons outside the premises.
AUTOMATIC DIALER. An alarm system which automatically sends over regular telephone lines (as distinguished from dedicated telephone lines) a prerecorded voice message or coded signal indicating the existence of the emergency situation.
BURGLAR ALARM. An alarm system activated automatically signaling an entry or attempted entry into the area protected by the alarm system.
CENTRAL ANSWERING POINT. An office or place to which alarms are connected and where operators supervise or monitor such alarms.
DEDICATED TELEPHONE LINE. A telephone line which has as its sole use the transmission of an alarm signal.
DIRECT CONNECTION. The method of using a telephone line which has as its sole use the transmission of an alarm signal (see DEDICATED TELEPHONE LINES) for the transmission of an alarm signal to a central answering point’s monitor equipment.
FALSE ALARM. An alarm signal resulting from a malfunction, improper installation or human error.
FEES. The moneys paid by an alarm holder to connect his or her alarm system to the central answering point at city facilities.
FIRE ALARM. An alarm system designed to detect heat or smoke.
HOLDUP ALARM. An alarm system which is activated manually to signal a robbery or attempted robbery.
LOCAL ALARM. An alarm system which when activated causes an audible/visual signal in or on the premises the system is designed to protect. Such type of alarm may or may not be part of a system to notify an answering point.
SERVICE CHARGE. An assessment by the city against an alarm holder for false alarms emitted from this alarm system as provided in this subchapter.
TROUBLE INDICATION. A transmitted signal different from the alarm system which indicates a mechanical/electrical problem in the system.
(Prior Code, § 23-150)