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(a) "Alarm permit" means a permit issued by the Director of Public Safety or his designated representative to any owner or other person in control of a building, property or part thereof located in the City to install and maintain an alarm system.
(b) "Alarm permit holder" means any person, organization or company who has a permit issued to him by the Director of Public Safety or his designated representative.
(c) "Permit period" means the continuous and otherwise unbroken period of time that a permit holder is in possession of the real property and the same alarm system is maintained in service by the permit holder.
(d) "Alarm system" means any assembly of equipment and devices which signals, so as to be seen or heard outside the protected building or space, the presence of robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion, fire or medical emergency.
(e) "Inter-connected alarm system" means any alarm system which directly or indirectly, automatically or manually uses a telephone line to transmit an alarm or message upon activation of the alarm system.
(f) "Local alarm system" means any alarm system that when activated only sounds a horn, bell, buzzer, or other type of audible or visible alarm that is designed to be audible or visible beyond the premises being served but which does not result in the transmission of a signal to any other location.
(g) "Alarm system owner" means the actual legal owner of an alarm system, if that person or legal entity is different than the "alarm permit holder."
(h) "Automatic dialing device" means a device which is inter-connected to a telephone line and is programmed to select a predetermined telephone number and transmit by voice message or code signal an emergency message indicating a need for emergency response.
(i) "False alarm" means any alarm signal or message initiated and transmitted either automatically or manually through an alarm system to the City soliciting an emergency response by Police or Fire Department personnel when robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion, fire or medical emergency does not, in fact, exist but does not include an alarm signal caused by hurricanes, tornadoes or other catastrophic acts of God not reasonably subject to control by alarm manufacturer, installer or alarm permit holder. An alarm shall be deemed a "false alarm," when upon visual inspection by the responding City personnel, there is no evidence of the condition for which the alarm was made. Such evidence may be the lack of physical damage, no electrical power interruption, or atmospheric conditions which may have disturbed windows or doors.
(j) "Emergency locator cards" means a group of index cards maintained by the Director of Public Safety or his designated representative as to information regarding persons to contact in the event there is an emergency response, required by reason of an activated alarm.
(k) "Pre-existing" means any alarm system or device installed prior to the effective date of this chapter, or installed after the effective date without first obtaining the required permit and providing emergency locator information
(l) "Director of Public Safety" or ADirector" means the currently appointed and serving public official of the City of Whitehall exercising command authority as to the Police Department and the Fire Department.
(m) "Designated representative" means a person or persons authorized by the Director of Public Safety to receive application or information, or to perform certain functions as defined within this chapter.
(Ord. 43-92. Passed 7-21-92.)