(a)   “False Alarm” is an emergency alarm or an alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence or unintentional acts to which the City Safety or Service Division are required to respond, including malfunction of the alarm system. The definition excludes false alarms caused by: malfunctions within the system and equipment located/installed at the Police Department; testing or repairing of the normal power supply source for alarms; acts of God, such as earthquake, flood, windstorm, thunder or lightning; an attempted illegal entry where there is visible evidence; or the user acting under a sincere belief that there is a need to call a safety or service department. If a doubt exists to the cause of the false alarm, the Chief of Police shall resolve it in the favor of the alarm user. NOTE: Multiple alarms received by the Police Department before the system can be deactivated within a reasonable period of time shall be considered as a single alarm.
   (b)   Any permit user that notifies the communication division that he is testing his equipment prior to activation of the alarm system, shall not be charged for a “false alarm.”
   (c)   A grace period of thirty days from date of installation shall be granted to new permit holders. During this period, no false alarms shall be recorded for billing purposes.
   (d)   Any charge for a false alarm, as provided for by Section 727.06 , which remains unpaid for 45 days after invoicing shall be reason for cancellation and revocation of the alarm permit.
(Ord. 21-97. Passed 11-5-97.)