The following City Ordinances apply to the use of direct alarm services and false alarms reported to the Police Department.
Direct Alarm Systems
Section 19-115 Direct alarms prohibited: exceptions.
a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, lease, install, maintain or have in operation on his premises in the City, any direct alarm device.b) The provisions of subsection (a) shall not apply to nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals, schools, or treatment centers, or where the use of such device is required by virtue of federal, state or city regulations, law or ordinance such as an FDIC-insured institution or where the chief of police in his discretion determines that a pattern of crimes or the reoccurrence of criminal activity justifies installing direct alarm devices in specific locations until the chief further determines that the criminal pattern or reoccurring criminal activity has ceased, or that maintenance of such direct alarm devices is no longer necessary.
Section 19-118 Charges for false alarms.
No alarm user shall be charged for any of the first twelve (12) false alarms in any one (1) calendar year, provided that not more than three (3) such false alarms occur in any calendar month. The first false alarm after twelve (12) in any one (1) year or three (3) in any calendar month shall result in a charge being imposed in the amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), the second false alarm shall result in a charge of fifty dollars ($50.00) and all subsequent false alarms shall result in a charge of one hundred dollars ($100.00).