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15.26.040 FALSE ALARMS.

(a) Police Department. If any premise protected by an audible alarm system or remote alarm system which causes a response of the Police Department has more than one (1) false alarm during any twelve (12) month period, the City and/or Police Department may choose to:

(1) Not respond to an activated alarm from the premises; or

(2) Bill the owner, tenant, or lessee of the premises involved in such subsequent false alarm; or

(3) Both.

A uniform false alarm fee for police Department response shall be established by resolution of the City Council. Any false alarm that occurs during the first two weeks after original installation of the alarm system involved shall not be counted against the false alarm count if the owner of the premises or the person responsible for the installation of the system has notified the Police Department of the installation within ten (10) days of completion of the installation. Upon determination that an alarm is false, the Chief of Police or designated representative will notify the owner of the premises in writing; this requirement is met if a written notice is posted at the property involved. If the Chief of Police determines that the Police Department will no longer respond to activated alarms at the premises concerned, the Chief will notify the owner of the premises in writing.