§ 9-76-150

Burglar alarms

a.

In any vehicle equipped with a continuous or intermittent audible signal device which acts as a burglar alarm, such device shall be limited in operation to four minutes after activation and shall be incapable of further operation until reset to become active again.

b.

No person shall install or maintain in any vehicle registered in the city any continuous or intermittent audible signal device for use as a burglar alarm unless the device is equipped with an automatic shut-off mechanism to terminate the alarm sound after four minutes and an automatic reset mechanism to reengage the alarm for further operation. No person shall operate or park on any roadway any vehicle equipped with any continuous or intermittent audible signal device for use as a burglar alarm unless the device is equipped with an automatic shut-off mechanism to terminate the alarm sound after four minutes and an automatic reset mechanism to reengage the alarm for further operation.

c.

Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of $50.00 for each offense. Any person who violates this section a second time shall be subject to a fine of $75.00, any person who violates this section a third or subsequent time shall be subject to a fine of $100.00. Each installation and each use of an alarm in violation of this section shall constitute a separate and distinct offense; provided, however, it shall not be a violation of this section to operate a device for a period of time in excess of four minutes if the device is designed to be triggered by the unauthorized opening of the hood, trunk or door of the vehicle, or by the breaking of a window, and the operation of the device in excess of four minutes was so caused. A violation of this section on a roadway is hereby declared a public nuisance which may be abated by removing such vehicle to a city vehicle pound or authorized garage.

(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 1-10-96, p. 14739; Amend Coun. J. 3-26-96, p. 19161, effective 1-1-97)

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