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(A) Each alarm having its alarm terminate at the police station, either silent, telephonic or having an outside audible (local) alarm on the premises within the meaning of this chapter will be allowed no more than two false alarms in any calendar year. For every false alarm over two during the calendar year, the responsible party shall be billed a service fee at a rate established by the City Council by resolution. Such billing shall be made monthly by the city. An authorized test of the alarm system shall not be considered a false alarm, providing notice of such test has been relayed to the Police Department and approved by the Police Department prior to such testing. The service fee shall be assessed against the occupant of the address protected by the alarm. The Police Chief shall have discretion to waive the service fee for good cause.
(B) It shall be unlawful to intentionally cause a false alarm. If any alarm business, alarm agent or owner, operator, proprietor or employee of a premises where an alarm system is installed causes a false alarm intentionally, the Police Chief may revoke or suspend the privilege of the alarm connection to the Police Department.
(C) The Police Chief shall have authority to determine if an excessive number of false alarms are resulting from the operation of any alarm system. When such a determination is made, the Police Chief shall inform the subscriber or the proprietor, owner or operator of the alarm system that an excessive number of false alarms have occurred. If, in the opinion of the Police Chief, excessive numbers of false alarms continue to occur, the Chief shall have the authority to suspend or revoke the service provided. It shall be unlawful to intentionally cause a false alarm punishable as provided in § 33.999 of this chapter and, if a false alarm is caused intentionally by any alarm business, alarm agent or the owner, operator, proprietor or employee of a premises where an alarm system is installed, the Police Chief may revoke or suspend the service at once. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit testing of a system with notice given to the Police Chief.
(2013 Code, § 17-221) (Ord. 14626, passed 6-28-1999) Penalty, see § 33.999