Raritan Borough has an Alarm Ordinance in effect. A major provision of the ordinance is that all alarms must be registered with the Police
Department. You can download
an alarm registration form for you to complete. We request that you complete this registration form in its entirety and return it for our files. Also, any changes to your registration must be reported to us immediately.
Each year the Raritan Borough Police Department responds to hundreds of alarm activations, most of which are either accidental activations or equipment failure. Without the alarm owner’s information on record, we cannot make proper notification in the event of a problem.
Again, we request that you complete the Alarm Registration Form and return it to:
Raritan Borough Police Department
20 First Street
Raritan, NJ 08869
or fax the form to (908) 707-1027
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Private Alarm Systems
[Adopted 4-27-2004 by Ord. No. 04-06]
§ 3-5. Purpose.
The purpose of this article is to provide standards and regulations of various types of intrusion, burglar, fire and other emergency alarm devices.
§ 3-6. Applicability.
The provisions of this article shall apply to any person or legal entity which operates, maintains or owns any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon the Police Depart- ment, Fire Department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal.
§ 3-7. Definitions.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
§ 3-8. General regulations.
- ALARM DEVICES — Any type of alarm system actuating equipment which provides warning of intrusion, fire, smoke, flood or other peril.
- FALSE ALARM — In the event of a false alarm in a commercial or industrial establishment, and for which no designated party arrives at the false alarm location within 30 minutes of notification to respond to that location, the permittee shall be fined a minimum of $50, and maximum of $200. Any alarm actuated by inadvertence, negligence, or unintentional act of someone other than an intruder, and shall include as well alarms caused by malfunctioning of the alarm device or other relevant equipment, but shall not include intentional false alarms subject to penalty under the disorderly persons law.
- LOCAL ALARM — Any alarm or device which, when activated, produces a signal or sound, such as a store burglary alarm actuating sound devices.
- PERSONS — Any natural person, partnership, corporation or association.
- Any person or legal entity operating, maintaining or owning any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon a police department, fire department or other municipal agencies to any location in response to any type of alarm signal shall be responsible for completing a registration form which shall be maintained at the Department of Police, which may designate such forms in its discretion as it believes necessary and appropriate. It shall be the responsibility of such owners and/or legal entities to keep all information current, and make such changes, amendments or revisions as necessary.
- In the case of a false alarm, any person having knowledge thereof shall immediately notify the Police Department. In addition, in the case of false alarms, the Chief of Police shall cause an investigation to be made and keep a record of such alarms and investigations on file. For such false alarms, the following penalties shall be applicable to the person in possession of the premises at which the false alarm occurred upon a conviction or guilty plea:
- Alarms other than fire alarms:
- First offense: $50 fine.
- Second offense: $75 fine.
- Third offense: $100 fine.
- Fourth and all subsequent offenses: $200 fine and mandatory court appearance.
- Fire alarms:
- For the first and second false alarm in any given calendar year, a warning shall be issued;
- For the third, fourth and fifth false alarm in the same calendar year, a fine of $200 for each offense shall be levied;
- For the sixth and subsequent false alarms in the same calendar year, a mandatory court appearance will be required with a minimum fine of $200 and a maximum fine of $500. Multiple false alarms within any given twelve- hour period shall be considered as one alarm. In the event that three false alarms are given within any twelve-hour period, the Fire Chief or his designee shall have the right to order the alarm system to be deactivated; in the event the said system is not deactivated after the aforesaid order, each false alarm thereafter shall be treated as a separate false alarm for the purposes ofthis section.
- In the event of a false alarm in a commercial or industrial establishment that either fails to have a functioning lock box at its location with the appropriate key at the Police Station or no designated party arrives at the false alarm location within 30 minutes of notification to respond to that location, the permittee shall be fined a minimum of $50 and a maximum of $200 for each violation.
- Rule-making authority. The Chief of Police may, from time to time, promulgate rules and regulations supplementing this article in order to provide for recordkeeping and efficient management of such system, provided that the Borough Council must first approve such rules or any changes thereto.