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Business and Home Security Update

You may now provide the Police Department the latest information regarding your home or business. Just click on the links below, and complete the form.

If you have an burglary or robbery alarm that is monitored, you are REQUIRED to provide this information to the North Kingstown Police Department.




*State law references: Burglar and robbery alarm system businesses, G.L. 1956, § 5-57-1 et seq.

Sec. 15-60. Intent and purpose.

It is the intent and purpose of this article to provide minimum standards and regulations applicable to users and installers of burglar, holdup and automatic telephone dialer alarms within the town; to provide penalties for noncompliance; and to encourage the installation of protective alarm systems in dwellings and commercial structures.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)

Sec. 15-61. Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Alarm system means an assembly of equipment and devices or a single device, such as a solid state unit which may operate from a 110-volt AC line, arranged to signal the presence of a hazard requiring urgent attention to which police personnel are expected to respond. This includes all burglar alarms, holdup alarms and automatic telephone dialer alarms, but does not include smoke detectors which do not signal outside an alarmed premises or alarm systems on motor vehicles.

Alarm user means any person on whose premises any burglar, holdup and automatic telephone dialer alarm system is maintained within the town.

Automatic telephone dialing device means an alarm system which automatically sends over regular telephone lines, by direct connection or otherwise, a prerecorded voice message indicating the existence of the emergency situation that the alarm system is designed to detect.

Calendar year means the period commencing January 1 and ending December 31.

False alarm means the activation of an alarm system through mechanical failure, malfunction, improper installation or the negligence of the owner or lessee of an alarm system or of such owner's or lessee's employees or agents. A false alarm does not include alarms caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or other normally infrequent violent natural conditions or acts of God.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)

Cross references: Definitions generally, § 1-2.

Sec. 15-62. Registration of alarm systems.

Any person installing an alarm system other than a fire alarm within the town shall register with the police department within ten days of installation. Alarm users shall register alarm systems with the police department.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)

Sec. 15-63. Installation and requirements for alarm systems.

(a) Under this article, no alarm system shall be installed by other than a licensed person or other person meeting the requirements set forth in the state building and electrical codes. No alarm system shall be installed unless an electrical permit to install an alarm system has been obtained from the town building official or designated representative as required by the state building and electrical codes.

(b) Automatic telephone dialing devices in existence as of the effective date of the ordinance from which this article derives shall be programmed to a special telephone number which is to be designated by the chief of police. No new automatic dialing devices will be permitted.

(c) No person shall install or maintain an automatic telephone dialing device within the town terminating at any number other than the number referred to in subsection (b) of this section after the effective date of the ordinance from which this article derives.

(d) Every alarm system that sounds an audible signal which may be heard outside of the protected premises shall be equipped with a device which shall limit the duration of such audible signal to not more than 30 minutes.

(e) A maximum of three false alarms per calendar year shall be allowed from any alarm system of any person. Upon receipt of a fourth or fifth false alarm during the calendar year, the alarm user may be assessed a user fee by the chief of police in the amount of $50.00. Upon receipt of a sixth false alarm during the calendar year and for each subsequent false alarm in the calendar year, the alarm user may be assessed a user fee by the chief of police in the amount of $100.00. The fee shall be paid to the town. Alarms originating from any building owned by any federal, state or local government shall be exempt from the user fee requirement. The determination of whether a particular alarm was false shall be made by the chief of police.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)

State law references: State building code, G.L. 1956, § 23-27.3-100.0 et seq.; state electrical code, G.L. 1956, § 23-27.3-100.1.5.

Sec. 15-64. Violations and penalties.

(a) Any person found to be in violation of subsection 15-63(c) may be fined $100.00 for each violation.

(b) Any person who shall fail to pay a user fee assessed as provided in subsection 1563 (e) within 30 days of written notice thereof by the town shall be fined $100.00. Each day a user fee remains delinquent shall constitute a separate offense.

(c) Any person found to be in violation of any other subsection or section of this article shall be fined $50.00 for each violation.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)

Sec. 15-65. Responsibility of alarm user.

Under this article, it shall be the sole responsibility of the alarm user to notify the police department of the removal or discontinued use of an alarm system, and the alarm user shall maintain on file with the police department a current listing of the contact persons having access to the alarmed premises and knowledge of the alarm system operation registered pursuant to this article, and such shall be provided, in writing, within five days of such removal or discontinued use.

(Ord. No. 96-9, § 1, 6-10-1996)