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Title: 9 - Public Peace, Morals and Safety

Chapter: 18 - Alarm Systems

Section: 20 - Definitions

For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:

A.  "Alarm agent" means any person who is self-employed or employed either directly or indirectly by an alarm business whose duties include any of the following: Selling, maintaining, leasing, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving or installing an alarm system in or on any building place or premises.

B.  "Alarm business" means any person, firm or corporation conducting or engaged in the business of selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving, installing or monitoring an alarm system in or on any building, place or premises.

A business which only sells or leases alarm devices from a fixed location and does not service, install, monitor or respond to alarm systems at the protected premises or call upon law enforcement to do so, is not an "alarm business" for the purposes of this chapter.

C.  "Alarm system" means any device connected electronically to the County Communication Center or other central monitoring point designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry on premises, or any device designed for alerting others of the commission of an unlawful act, by sound, light, electronic signal, or otherwise, or any combination thereof, which, when actuated, emits a sound, flashes a light, or transmits a signal to indicate that an emergency exists, to which law enforcement officers are expected to respond.

D.  "Alarm user" means any person who has an alarm system installed at his or her place of business or residence.

E.  "Audible alarm system" means a device designed for the detection of the unauthorized entry on or attempted entry into a premises or structure or for alerting others of the commission of an unlawful act, or both, which, when actuated, generates as a signal an audible sound or flashing light or utilizes other means to attract attention, other than by signal to a central monitoring point, with the expectation that law enforcement will be summoned by a person who hears or observes such signal.

F.  "County" means county of Del Norte.

G.   "False alarm" means the activation of an alarm system necessitating response by law enforcement when an emergency does not exist. The term "false alarm" does not include alarms generated by severe storms, earthquakes or other violent acts of nature, even though an emergency does not exist.

H.   "Monitored alarm system" means any device connected electronically to the County Communications Center or other central monitoring point, designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry on or attempted entry into premises or structure, or designed for alerting others of the commission of an unlawful act by transmitting a signal to any such monitoring point, with the expectation that law enforcement will be dispatched.

I.   "Non-Priority" means that law enforcement response to the activation of an alarm will not be given precedence over other calls and other service needs.

J.  "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity.

K.  "Sheriff" means the sheriff of Del Norte County.

 

(Ord. 85-10 (part), 1985.)