§ 96.03  FALSE ALARMS.
   (A)   Any person, firm, or corporation who activates an emergency alarm knowing it to be false shall promptly notify the agency receiving the alarm of the false activation.

   (B)   Any person, firm, or corporation having on their premises an emergency alarm electronically connected to the Police or Fire Department shall maintain in good working order all alarm systems, components, and calibrations, and shall insure that all persons authorized to operate any such installed alarm system are knowledgeable of all alarm operations.

   (C)   Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a first offense, of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a second offense within one year after the first offense, and of a misdemeanor of the third degree on each subsequent offense within one year after the first offense. It shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of division (B) of this section when any false activation of an alarm transmitted to the Police or Fire Department occurs in excess of six times during a one-year period.

   (D)   For purposes of division (C), false alarms shall not be counted towards the annual total when written notification is made within 30 days of the false alarm activation. The written notification shall be made by the property or building owner where the alarm originated to the agency receiving the alarm. All such written notifications shall include the date, time, reason, and location of the alarm activation, as well as any actions taken to correct the alarm's deficiencies.
   (E)   As used in this section,
FALSE ALARM means any alarm attributable to defective alarm equipment or to the occupant's negligence, or when otherwise activated without proper cause or visible signs of unauthorized intrusion.
(Am. Ord. 04-3182, passed 10-21-04)  Penalty, see § 10.99