7511. Control of alarm devices and automatic dialing devices(a) Automatic Dialing Devices
§ 7511. Control of alarm devices and automatic dialing devices
(a) AUTOMATIC DIALING DEVICES.-- A person may not attach or use an automatic dialing device without doing all of the following:
(1) Providing the disclosure under subsection (b).
(2) Obtaining prior written approval from a public safety agency to usethe automatic dialing device to alert the public safety agency of analarm condition. The public safety agency shall not be responsible forany costs for the installation and maintenance of any dedicatedtelephone line or equipment associated with the alarm termination.
(b) DISCLOSURE.-- A person seeking approval under subsection (a) shall disclose the telephone number of a person to be contacted if the automatic dialing device is activated and all relevant facts concerning the design and layout of the premises to be protected by the automatic dialing device. The person shall inform the public safety agency of any change in the information required by this subsection as soon as practicable.
(c) FALSE ALARMS PROHIBITED.--
(1) A person that owns, uses or possesses an alarm device or automaticdialing device may not, after causing or permitting three false alarmsto occur in a consecutive 12-month period, cause or permit a subsequentfalse alarm to occur in the same consecutive 12-month period. A personthat violates this paragraph commits a summary offense and shall, uponconviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $ 300.
(2) Venue for prosecution of an offense under this subsection shall lieat any of the following places:
(i) Where the alarm originated.
(ii) Where the alarm was received by the:
(A) public service agency; or
(B) third person designated to notify the public service agency.
(3) Notwithstanding 42 Pa.C.S. § 3733 (relating to deposits intoaccount) or any other law, the disposition of fines shall be asfollows:
(i) The fine shall be paid to the municipality if all of thefollowing apply:
(A) The public safety agency which responded to the false alarmserves the municipality.
(B) The prosecution is initiated by the public safety agency underclause (A) or by the municipality.
(ii) The full amount of the fine shall be paid to the Commonwealth ifall of the following apply:
(A) The Pennsylvania State Police is the public safety agency whichresponded to the false alarm.
(B) The prosecution is initiated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
(C) There is no prosecution under subparagraph (i).
(d) SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION OF APPROVAL.-- The public safety agency may refuse, revoke or suspend the approval granted under subsection (a) if the public safety agency determines any of the following:
(1) The request for approval contains a statement of material of factwhich is false.
(2) The person failed to comply with this section.
(3) The person violated subsection (c).
(e) LOCAL REGULATION OF INSTALLERS.--
(1) GENERAL RULE.-- Except as set forth in paragraph (2), nothing in this section shall prohibit a municipality from requiring any individual who installs or inspects alarm devices in such municipality to acquire a license, meet educational requirements or pass an examination relating to competence to perform such installations. Nothing in this section shall preclude municipalities from doing any of the following:
(i) Denying or revoking local permits for failure to comply withlocal ordinances.
(ii) Levying lawful taxes and fees.(iii) Requiring the purchase of a business privilege license.
(2) LIMITATION.-- A municipality may not require a licensed electrical contractor to acquire a separate or additional license or certification to install or inspect alarm devices if the electrical contractor is licensed by the municipality and has passed an examination in the National Electrical Code, a similar code or local electrical code and has at least two years' experience as an electrical contractor.