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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
(A) ACT OF NATURE. An unusual, extraordinary, sudden and unexpected manifestation of the forces of nature, which cannot be prevented by reasonable human care, skill or foresight.
(B) ALARM ADMINISTRATOR. Any person, persons, company, or independent contractor approved by the City, to control and review false alarm reductions efforts and administer the provisions of this article. The ALARM ADMINISTRATOR may also be a Police Department employee, as designated by the Chief of Police.
(C) ALARM BUSINESS. Any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity who, in addition to selling alarm systems, also leases, maintains, services, repairs, alters, replaces, moves or installs any alarm system or causes to be sold, leased, maintained, serviced, repaired, altered, replaced, moved or installed any alarm system in or on any building, structure, facility or grounds.
(D) ALARM COORDINATOR. Police Department employee designated by the Chief of Police to represent the City in the administration of this article, and to act as liaison to the Alarm Administrator.
(E) ALARM MONITOR. Any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity which receives any form of signal, notice, communication or warning from an alarm system.
(F) ALARM SYSTEM.
(1) Any device used for the detection of an unauthorized entry or attempted entry into a building, structure, facility or grounds, or for alerting others of the commission of an unlawful act within a building, structure, facility or grounds, which when activated causes notification to be made directly or indirectly to the Lawrence Public Safety Communications Department.
(2) For the purpose of this chapter, an ALARM SYSTEM shall not include:
(a) An alarm installed on a motor vehicle;
(b) An alarm designed so that the Lawrence Public Safety Communications Department is not notified until after the occupant(s), an agent of the owner or lessee or an agent of an alarm business has checked the alarm site and determined that the alarm was likely the result of criminal activity of the kind for which the alarm system was designed to give notice;
(c) An alarm which signals or alerts only the occupants of the premises protected by the alarm system; and
(d) An alarm installed upon premises occupied by the United States, the State of Indiana or any political subdivision thereof.
(G) AUDIBLE ALARM. An alarm or alarm system designed for the detection of a criminal act or unauthorized entry on a building, place or premises and which, when activated, generates an audible sound on and/or in the premises.
(H) AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE DIALING DEVICE. Any device connected to an alarm system which automatically sends a prerecorded message or coded signal to a law enforcement agency indicating the activation of the alarm system.
(I) FALSE ALARM. An alarm eliciting a police response when the situation does not require police services. For the purposes of this chapter, this does not include alarms triggered by severe atmospheric conditions or other circumstances not reasonably under the control of the alarm user, installer or maintainer.
(J) PERMIT HOLDER. The individual, corporation, partnership or other legal entity to whom an alarm system permit is issued.
(K) PROPRIETARY ALARM SYSTEM. An alarm system exclusively owned by an individual or corporation that is:
(1) Not rented, leased, installed, maintained, monitored or serviced by an alarm business;
(2) Does not emit an audible alarm; and/or
(3) To which response is provided solely by the user or his or her own security force.
(Am. Ord. 1, 2016, passed 3-7-2016)