The Borough of Sinking Spring passed an ordinance in 2015, which requires the owners of businesses or homes with FIRE or BURGLAR ALARMS, to pay a service fee to the Borough after more than three false alarms are received in a calendar year.
Also, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Section 7511 (c), prohibits the permitting of more than three false alarms, FIRE OR BURGLAR, in a consecutive twelve-month period. Violators, if cited, could be required to pay a fine of up to $300.00 plus costs.
Ordinance 528 of 2004 provides that any person or corporation having responsibility or control over any fire alarm system shall be responsible for insuring that any false, accidental or improper activation must be deactivated within fifteen minutes after activation. It further provides that after three false activations a service fee of $100.00 shall be charged for a fourth false alarm, $500.00 shall be charged for a fifth false alarm, and $1,000.00 shall be charged for the sixth or more false alarms in any calendar year.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Section 7511 (c) provides that any false alarms in excess of three false alarms in a consecutive twelve month period is a summary violation of the Crimes Code and punishable by a fine of up to $300.00 plus costs.