Chapter 16, False Alarms

[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Harveys Lake 1-11-1989 by Ord. No. 1-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]

GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention -- See Ch. 17.
Peace and good order -- See Ch. 29.

§ 16-1. Prohibited acts.
A. No person shall knowingly cause a false alarm of fire or a false alarm of burglary to be transmitted to or within any organization, official or volunteer for the Borough of Harveys Lake.
B. No person shall, without reasonable information and belief, cause an alarm of fire or an alarm of burglary to be transmitted to or within any organization, official or volunteer for the Borough of Harveys Lake.

§ 16-2. Violations and penalties.
A. Any person who violates § 16-1A of this chapter shall be reported to the Harveys Lake Police Department for appropriate criminal action.
B. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before a District Justice or Justice of the Peace, be sentenced to pay the following to the Borough of Harveys Lake:

(1) First offense: a fine of $25, including the cost of the suit, plus the cost to the Borough of Harveys Lake for the use of the equipment which was dispatched to answer said false alarm.
(2) Second offense: a fine of $50, including the cost of the suit, plus the cost to the Borough of Harveys Lake for the use of the equipment which was dispatched to answer said false alarm.
(3) Third offense: a fine of $100, including the cost of the suit, plus the cost to the Borough of Harveys Lake for the use of the equipment which was dispatched to answer said false alarm.
(4) Fourth offense and subsequent offenses: a fine of $300, including the cost of the suit, plus the cost to the Borough of Harveys Lake for the use of the equipment which was dispatched to answer said false alarm.
C. Any person who transmits three false alarms or causes three false alarms to be transmitted to or within any organization, official or volunteer for the Borough of Harveys Lake within one calendar year shall be deemed to have committed a first offense as set forth in Subsection B of this section.
D. In default of the payment of the aforesaid fines and costs, such person shall be sentenced to the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days.