Chapter 8.70
FALSE ALARMS

Sections:

8.70.010    Defined.

8.70.020    Unlawful when—Penalty fee.

8.70.030    Fee payment responsibility.

8.70.010 Defined.

For the purpose of this chapter, the term “false alarm” means the activation of a burglary and/or robbery or fire alarm by other than a forced entry or attempted forced entry to the premises, or by other than a fire and at a time when no burglary or robbery is being committed or attempted on the premises, or when no fire exists on the premises. (Ord. 1442 § 1 (part), 2015).

8.70.020 Unlawful when—Penalty fee.

It is unlawful for any person, business or legal entity having or conducting a private alarm system for fire, theft, burglary or other protection to have three or more false alarms within a quarter-year period. The owner of any residence, business or premises in which said alarm system exists shall pay a twenty-five dollar false alarm fee for the third and each subsequent false alarm in a quarter-year period. (Ord. 1442 § 1 (part), 2015).

8.70.030 Fee payment responsibility.

The police department shall notify the party responsible for paying the fee, and if said fee is not paid to the city within thirty days, a summons and complaint may be served by a police officer and the responsible party shall thereby be brought within the jurisdiction of the Adams County district court. The city may elect to pursue payment under the notice and order provisions of Chapter 1.30 for civil infractions. If the city prevails in an action to collect any unpaid fee, then the party responsible for paying the fee shall be responsible for the city’s attorney fees and all expenses incurred pursuing payment of the fee. (Ord. 1442 § 1 (part), 2015).