(A)   For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section.
      ALARM AGENT.  A person employed by an alarm company operator whose duties include altering, installing, maintaining, moving, repairing, replacing or servicing an alarm system.
      ALARM COMPANY OPERATOR.  Any business operated for any consideration whatsoever, engaged in the installation, maintenance, alteration or servicing of alarm systems or which responds to the alarm systems. ALARM COMPANY OPERATOR shall not include a business which merely sells from a fixed location or manufacturers alarm systems unless the business services, installs, monitors or responds to alarm systems at the protected premises.
      ALARM SYSTEM.  Any assembly of equipment and devices arranged to signal the presence of a hazard and which is intended to evoke a response from law enforcement agencies.
      AUDIBLE ALARM SYSTEM. An alarm system which emits a sound which can be heard by persons outside the building, structure or facility which is protected by the alarm system.
      BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEM. An audible or silent alarm system signaling the entry or attempted entry into an area protected by the system.
      DIRECT DIAL DEVICE ALARM SYSTEM.  An alarm system used with a device which is connected to a telephone line and upon activation of an alarm system automatically dials a predetermined telephone number and transmits a message of signal indicating a need for emergency service.
      DISTURBANCE ALARM SYSTEM. An alarm system signaling the existence of an act amounting to a breach of the public peace at the time of alarm activation.
      INAUDIBLE or SILENT ALARM SYSTEM.An alarm which transmits a message or signal to another location and is intended to evoke a response from law enforcement agencies.
      PROPRIETARY ALARM SYSTEM. An alarm system sounding or recording alarm and supervisory signals at a control center being under the supervision of the proprietor of the protected premises.
      ROBBERY ALARM SYSTEM.  An alarm system signaling a robbery or attempted robbery in an area protected by the system.
   (B)   The following are not included within the definition of alarm systems as used in this chapter:
      (1)   Audible alarms affixed to motor vehicles, boats, boats and trailers, recreational vehicles and other such mobile units;
      (2)   Alarm systems which do not alert law enforcement agencies or others outside the protected building, structure or facility, but are designed solely to alert security personnel or others directly connected with or employed by the owner or operator of the protected location; and
      (3)   Fire alarm systems:
         ALARM USER.  Any person who owns, leases, rents or otherwise controls the installation, maintenance or use of an alarm system in any mariner in any building, structure or facility wherein an alarm system is maintained with the city.
         FALSE ALARM.  The activation of an alarm system was by causes other than the commission or attempted commission of an unlawful act for which the alarm system was designed to detect. An alarm system which is activated by an extraordinary act of nature or by other extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the alarm user shall not be considered a FALSE ALARM.
(1994 Code, § 8.04.010)  (Ord. 82-102, passed - -1982)