9.44.020: ALARM SYSTEM PRACTICES AND CHARACTERISTICS:
Alarm system methods, practices, or characteristics are subject to the following within the corporate limits of the city:
   A.   Systems designed to alert any law enforcement agency of an emergency by providing unattended automatic dialing to any law enforcement agency or any emergency response (9-1-1) system for the purpose of transmitting a preprogrammed signal, message, or code are prohibited.
   B.   Systems must have a standby backup power source which will automatically assume the operation of the alarm system without activating the alarm.
   C.   System shut off may be accomplished either with an automatic cutoff or by manual operation. Systems must automatically shut off their audible alarm within a maximum of twenty (20) minutes of its activation or have an automatic cutoff with a rearming phase which is able to distinguish between an open and closed circuit, preventing rearming if the circuit is open, to prevent recurring false alarms.
   D.   Monitored systems must maintain a current alarm information file with the alarm company where the alarm is monitored containing the following minimum information:
      1.   A recognizable numerical street address;
      2.   Detailed directions from a major road or landmark;
      3.   A list of persons authorized to enter the premises and their telephone number;
      4.   Instructions indicating where the alarm is located showing where the shutoff or disarming device is located.
This information must also be on file with the city’s law enforcement office or be available to the city’s law enforcement office upon request of any authorized representative thereof.
   E.   The occupant, or owner, if not occupied, of any alarm equipped premises must clearly display on the outside of the premises the name of the alarm monitoring service and a twenty-four (24) hour emergency telephone number answered by a living person.
   F.   Any alarm monitoring service or premises owner, occupant, or other responsible person serving as representative for any of the foregoing, upon learning that a false alarm has sounded, shall immediately notify the police department of the false alarm.
   G.   Upon notification by law enforcement personnel that their presence is required, the alarm monitoring service, premises owner, occupant, or other responsible person serving as representative for any of the foregoing, shall promptly proceed to the scene of the alarm within a reasonable period to render necessary service. Such service, when necessary, shall include turning off the alarm or opening the alarmed premises so a search may be made, or both. Circumstances that may require the presence of such person include but are not limited to: continual malfunction of an alarm system which causes repeated false alarms over a short period of time; evidence at the alarmed premises indicating a crime was committed or attempted and further investigation is necessary; or the premises are not, or cannot be, properly secured. (Ord. 1426 § 1, 2021: Ord. 827 § 2, 1995)