For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ALARM ADMINISTRATOR. A person or persons designated by the governing authority to administer and review alarm applications and permits.
   ALARM AGENT. Any person employed by an alarm business whose duties include the altering, installing, maintaining, moving, repairing, replacing, selling, servicing, responding to or causing others to respond to an alarm device.
   ALARM SYSTEM. An assembly of equipment and devices or a single device, such as a solid state unit arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention, and to which the Police or Fire Departments are expected to respond.
   ALARM USER. Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, or other organization of any kind in control of any building, structure or facility where an alarm system is maintained or activated within the municipality, except for alarm systems on motor vehicles. Also included are those systems which employ an audible signal emitting sounds, or a flashing light or beacon designed to alert or signal persons outside the premises of an alarm activation.
   AUTOMATIC PROTECTION DEVICE. An electrically operated instrument composed of sensory apparatus and related hardware which automatically sends over regular telephone lines, by direct connection or otherwise, a prerecorded voice alarm on receipt of a stimulus from the sensory apparatus that has detected a physical force or condition inherently characteristic of a fire or unauthorized intrusion. Also included are devices which are stimulated by direct action by the alarm user or his or her employees.
   CENTRAL STATION ALARM. A facility whose purpose is to monitor incoming alarm signals 24 hours a day and relay the signal information to the appropriate authorities.
   CHIEF OF DEPARTMENT. The Chief of either the Police or Fire Department of the municipality, or his or her authorized representative.
   FALSE ALARM. Any type of alarm signal necessitating a response by the Police or Fire Department, or other municipal department, where an emergency does not in fact exist.
   LOCAL ALARMS. A signaling system which, when activated, causes an audible or visual signaling device to be activated in or on the premises within which the system is installed.
   PERSON. Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or society, but such term does not include the village.
   PUBLIC TRUNKLINE. A telephone line leading into the communications center of the Police Department, Fire Department or the Southcom Combined Dispatch Center that is for the purpose of handling emergency and administrative calls on a person-to-person basis.
(2000 Code, § 91.01) (Ord. 988, passed 12-4-1978; Ord. 1227, passed 8-20-1984; Ord. 1904, passed 4-21-2003; Ord. 4272, passed 6-1-2015; Ord. 4475, passed 10-18-2021)