For purposes of this ordinance, the following words shall have the following meanings:
   ALARM USER PERMIT.  A permit issued by the city to a user allowing the operation of an alarm system within the city.
   ALARM SYSTEM.  Any mechanical or electrical device which is designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry into a building, structure, facility, or for alerting others of a medical emergency situation, of the commission of a robbery within a building or other structure, or of other hazardous situations; and which emits a sound or transmits a signal or message when activated which causes automatic signal tranmission to be made directly or indirectly to the Police Department.  For the purposes of this definition, an "Alarm System" shall not include:
   (1)   A device installed on a motor vehicle;
   (2)   Devices which are not designed or used to register alarms that are audible, visible, or perceptible outside of the protected building, structure, or facility.
   (3)   Fire alarms.
   ALARM SIGNAL.  A detectable signal, either audible or visual, generated by an alarm system, to which the police are expected to respond.
   ALARM SYSTEMS COORDINATOR.  An employee of the city designated by the chief of police to administer this article.
   ALARM USER.  Any person, corporation, partnership, proprietorship, or any other entity owning or leasing an alarm system, or on whose premises an alarm system is maintained for the protection of such premises.
   CHIEF OF POLICE.  The chief of police of the City of Monroe Police Department or his designee.
   FALSE ALARM.  The activation of an alarm system with the transmission of an alarm signal through mechanical or electronic failure, malfunction, improper installation, or the negligence of the alarm user, his employee or agents, unless law enforcement response is cancelled by the alarm user or his agent before police personnel arrive at the alarm location.  A false alarm shall 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.  In addition, an alarm activated during an alarm system testing procedure shall not be considered a false alarm if the alarm user first notifies and receives permission from the user's alarm company and the Monroe Police Department, to test the system.
(Ord. O-1999-40, passed 7-20-99; Am. Ord. O-1999-69, passed 11-2-99; Am. Ord. O-2002-57, passed 10-1-02)