Sec. 27-103. Definitions.
Except where otherwise indicated by the context, the following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this article.
(a) Alarm agent: Any person who is employed by an alarm business, either directly or indirectly, whose duties include any of the following: maintaining, servicing, or repairing any alarm or alarm system in or on any building, place or premises. Any person whose duties consist solely of resetting an alarm following activation shall not be deemed to be an alarm agent.
(b) Alarm business: The business, by an individual, partnership, corporation, or other entity, of selling, leasing, maintaining, servicing, repairing, altering, replacing, moving, installing or monitoring an alarm or alarm system in or for any building, structure or facility.
(c) Alarm or alarm system: Any mechanical device, electrical device or series of devices that are used to detect unauthorized entry into buildings or alerting others of any unlawful activity, fire or other emergency within buildings or on premises.
(d) Alarm user: Any person, firm, partnership, corporation, or business who leases, rents, purchases or uses any monitored or proprietor alarm, alarm system, device or service.
(e) Audible alarm: A device designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry of premises or fire which when activated generates an audible sound on the premises.
(f) Automatic dialing device: A device that is interconnected to a telephone line and programmed to select a predetermined telephone number and transmit by voice methods or code signal an emergency message indicating a need for emergency response.
(g) Alarm administrator: The department of emergency services director, who oversees the alarm coordinator and enforces the provisions of this article.
(h) Alarm coordinator: The person designated by the alarm administrator to administer, control and review false alarm reduction efforts and administer the provisions of this article.
(i) False alarm appeal's committee: A committee composed of one sworn police officer, firefighter, sheriff's deputy, and a member of the department of emergency services with the department of emergency services director as chairman.
(j) False alarm: Any activation of an alarm system by failure, malfunction, accidental tripping, mis-operation, misuse or negligent maintenance by the owner/user or lessee of the alarm system or his employee or agent or any other activation of an alarm system that results in a response by City of Lynchburg emergency personnel where an emergency situation does not exist. False alarms shall not include signals willfully activated by security alarm users upon good faith belief that an actual fire or attempted burglary, holdup, assault or unlawful entry is about to occur.
(k) Monitored alarm: A device designed for the detection of an unauthorized entry in premises, fire or medical emergency and which, when activated, generates an inaudible signal to a monitoring station. A monitored alarm may also generate an audible sound on the premises.
(l) Monitoring: the process by which a monitoring company or alarm installation company receives a signal from an alarm system and relays an alarm dispatch request to the municipality for the purpose of summonsing emergency personnel to the alarm site.
(m) Permittee: Any person who is granted an alarm user permit under this article.
(n) Person: An individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, estate, trust or any other group or combination acting as a unit, and the plural as well as the singular number.
(o) Response: The dispatch of emergency personnel that results when the monitoring company or alarm installation company requests an alarm dispatch to the municipality.
(p) Small business: Business occupying floor space of two thousand (2,000) square feet or less and employs no more than five (5) employees including owners and officers. (Ord. No. O-91-276, 11-12-91, eff. 1-1-92; Ord. No. O-11-068, 5-24-11)
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