§ 98.01  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ALARM SYSTEM .  Sensors, controls and annuciators connected to detect and report an intrusion or emergency to a central communications center or alarm monitoring agency. This definition shall not include alarms which do not require a response from the Police or Fire Departments, such as self-contained residential smoke detectors and vehicle alarms.
   ALARM SYSTEM BUSINESS .  Any business whose daily operation includes the sale, lease or installation of alarm systems.
   ALARM SYSTEM USER .  Any person, corporation, partnership, and governmental or educational entity owning or leasing or occupying a property utilizing an alarm system.
   COMMUNICATIONS CENTER .  The Public Protection Communications Center which receives telephone requests or signal requests for police, fire, ambulance, rescue, or other emergency service within the county and city.
   FALSE ALARM .  Activation of an alarm system that elicits a response by police or firefighters when no situation requiring such a response does, in fact, exist. This includes accidental, avoidable, and unnecessary alarm activation due to user error, equipment malfunction, improper or unsuited equipment, but does not include alarm activation caused by violentconditions of nature or other extraordinary circumstances not reasonably subject to control by the alarm user or alarm system business.
   FIRE ALARM .  Activation of an alarm system that is intended to elicit a response by firefighters.
   FIRE CHIEF .  The Fire Chief of the city or any designee acting on behalf of the Fire Chief.
   LOCAL AUDIBLE ALARM SYSTEM .  Any alarm owned by an alarm system user that, by sound of a whistle, bell, buzzer, siren or other noise generator, alerts those outside the home or building or in the near vicinity, of a break-in, robbery, or fire, but does not transmit a signal by telephone or other communications device to a central communications center or alarm monitoring agency.
   POLICE ALARM .  Activation of an alarm system that is intended to elicit a response by police.
   POLICE CHIEF .  The Police Chief of the city or any designee acting on behalf of the Police Chief.
(Ord. passed 11-13-01)